Charles Darwin came up with his theory of evolution after visiting the islands for only five weeks in 1825. During his visit, Darwin noted that the unique creatures were similar from island to island, but perfectly adapted to their environments which led him to ponder the origin of the islands’ inhabitants. Years later in 1859, Darwin published his famous book “On The Origin of Species”. Darwin’s “Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection” is still controversial after all these years.
There are nine animals you won’t find anywhere in the world but the Galapagos. Marine iguanas, Galapagos land iguanas, the flightless cormorant, Galapagos finches, frigate birds, blue footed boobies, waved albatross’s, sally lightfoot crabs and of course the Galapagos giant tortoise. The giant tortoise lives to be over 100 years of age. The Galapagos Islands were named after them. Galápago means tortoise in Spanish.
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Photo compliments of my friend and travel companion from Lake Oswego, Debi Bradway.