Wildlife arrived in the Galapagos Islands in one of three ways: flying, floating or swimming. In most environments, larger mammals are normally the predators at the top of the food chain, but they were unable to survive the journey to the islands. Thus the Galapagos tortoise became the largest land animal, and thanks to a lack of natural predators, the wildlife in the Galápagos is known for being extremely tame.
The Galapagos Islands are home to some of the highest levels of endemism anywhere on the planet (species found nowhere else on earth). About 80% of the land birds, 97% of the reptiles and land mammals, and more than 30% of the plants are endemic. Around 20% of the 2,900 marine species in Galapagos are found nowhere else on earth. This makes the archipelago a magnet for wildlife and nature enthusiasts from around the world. Favorites include the giant Galapagos tortoise, marine iguana, flightless cormorant, and the Galapagos penguin - the only penguin species to be found in the northern hemisphere.
There is simply nowhere like the Galapagos, and the barren landscapes of these remote islands have not lost any of their haunting beauty since Darwin’s days. This is one of the last wildernesses on earth, where you can merrily swim with turtles, watch a blue-footed booby feed its young and bob around in the water with penguins. And there is no better way to enjoy the wonders of the islands than with Ocean Adventures.