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Marine Reserve

Galapagos Islands, sea lion In March 1998, Ecuador created one of the world’s largest protected areas: the 133,000 square kilometer Galapagos Marine Reserve. The Reserve supports some of the best known coastal fauna of Galapagos, such as the sea lion, fur seal, penguin, flightless cormorant, albatross, three species of booby and two of frigatebird, sea turtle, and the extraordinary marine iguana. Galapagos waters are also renowned for their large marine animals, notably cetaceans and sharks, some of them forming large underwater clouds. But this spectacular wildlife is just the most visible part of a complex and unique ecosystem.

There are so many marine species in Galapagos because of the cold ocean currents that bring rich nutrients for food, and the great variety of habitats: coral reefs, mangrove lagoons, rocky areas and sandy beaches. Many other species depend on the Galapagos marine life for their food, such as sea birds that eat fish, and the marine iguanas that feed on algae growing on the bottom of the sea.

Galapagos Marine Reserve, dolphinMarine life in the Galapagos waters is closely related to the life on the islands. Island animals depend on the ocean. Birds and animals existing near the water has a variety of distinctive habitats and endemic species including the world's only sea-going lizard, the Marine Iguana. Other notable wildlife includes the Sea Lion, Fur Seal, Galapagos Penguin, Flightless Cormorant, Waved Albatross, Lava Gull and Swallow-Tailed Gull.

The waters surrounding the Galapagos are home to 3000 species of Hammerhead Sharks by K. Wilson marine plants and animals. Diving in the Galapagos is quickly expanding; divers seek the experience of spectacular marine life including Whale Sharks, Galapagos Sharks, Hammerheads, Manta Rays and Leopard Rays.


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