Española Island

Dec 17, 2017 - National Geographic Endeavour II


Española is one of the oldest islands in the archipelago, and is the perfect example of adaptive radiation or speciation—meaning that the animals have diverged from a common ancestor until they have converted into a completely different species. On this island, we have a few examples which are worth to mentioning, such as, Española lava lizards, Española mocking bird, Española or waved albatross, and Española marine iguanas.

This is just a basic example of the complexity of its flora and fauna formation on this archipelago. In the past, there were different means of colonization, and once these different creatures arrived to the archipelago, they adapted and become endemic to Galapagos only.

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Walter Perez

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Walter was born in a very small town on the mainland of Ecuador. His first trip to the Galápagos was when he was 12 years old, visiting friends and aunt, who had moved to the islands. From the first moment he saw the Islands, he fell in love with them and knew then where his future home would be.

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