Image of the week: the land before time

Galapagos seal | Photo courtesy of Steve Mortimer

The Galapagos' one-of-a-kind ecology is due in part to the confluence of currents that surround the isles. There are in fact five oceans that collide in the surrounding water, creating unpredictable tides and temperatures - the result of which is the abnormal climate and the aforementioned wonderfully diverse plant and wildlife. 

In addition to the the famously bubbly Galapagos fur seals (pictured), the most famous of the island's endemic inhabitants is perhaps the giant tortoise. These enormous, peaceful creatures owe their survival to a lack of natural predators. Other renowned locals include the marine iguanas - the only lizards in the world that have the ability to live and forage in the sea. In the oceans, there are around 50 species of endemic fish, and in the skies you'll find a little under 30 endemic species of birds.

The Galapagos really are like nowhere else in the world. Journey with Peregrine to find out more about this incredible destination. 

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