Santa Cruz Island

Mar 28, 2018 - National Geographic Islander

Santa Cruz Island it is the day everyone has been waiting for because we were so excited to finally seen the famous Galapagos giant tortoises.

What really amazed everyone it is the fact that in this Archipelago we just do not have one kind, but several kinds of them living in different locations in this chain of islands.

For Galapagos that is just another example of adaptive radiation of the many examples we have in Galapagos. It means one ancestor has arrived in Galapagos and here they have spread to different islands to evolve in different ways and forms.

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About the Author

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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