Galapagos Islands - Unique Occurrences and When To See Them
Against all odds, the Galapagos archipelago has become a fascinating but delicate haven for a significant number of animals that have adapted accordingly to the treacherous landscape. These amazing animals, many of which are endemic to the islands, are a true natural spectacle that must be experienced at least once in a lifetime. In this article we will take a look at some of the unique animal occurrences that happen in the Galapagos and when to see them.
Sea Lion Pups | August - November
By far the most adorable event in the Galapagos, the pupping season is a sight to behold. Visit the Galapagos from August to November for an overload of cuteness while admiring the sea lions and their big-eyed pups. After roughly a week of nursing, the offspring are left together on the shore while the mothers forage for food. With no natural predators, visitors can closely observe these astonishing creatures play on the beach, imitate the adults, and enjoy well-deserved naps. November is also an ideal time to enjoy a snorkeling experience when the pups become apt and curious swimmers.
The Love Dance | April - June
Another exciting event is the mating season for the iconic Blue Footed Booby. To quickly address the elephant in the room, their name derives from the Spanish word “bobo”, meaning clown or foolish. There are many explanations regarding their striking blue feet, with the main reasons being a high carotenoid diet (pigments which give plants their color), and to attract a mate. Just as flamingos become pink due to their diet, so do the very blue footed boobies.
As any respectable bird would, these interesting creatures must conquer the heart of a potential mate with a captivating (and very blue) performance. This National Geographic Wild video is a great example of such exhibition.
A Magnificent Performance | March - June
The Galapagos is home to two types of frigates, Great Frigatebird and the Magnificent Frigatebird. The reason why the Great Frigatebird is not so magnificent is still unknown to us, but both species present some very spectacular traits. These impressive birds are able to stay aloft for months at a time, being able to cross the ocean from South America to Africa. This feat is achieved by shutting off one brain hemisphere at a time and literally fly while in a shallow sleep state. They are also known for pirating from other bird species and steal their fish, even mid flight.
Visit the Galapagos between the months of March and June for a truly unique exhibition. During the mating season, the males inflate their bright red gular (throat sack) and emit a unique sounding call to impress females.
The Galapagos Islands continue to amaze its visitors ever since the first time they were discovered. A peaceful yet fragile haven where these endemic species can thrive undisturbed by predators or the impact of mankind. Check-out our newest e-brochure ‘Islands of the Galapagos’ and find out what it takes to set out on an adventure of a lifetime. Learn more about the islands, itineraries, and which cruise line is best suited for you. Thank you for reading and as always, we wish you safe travels.