Seven Of The Freakiest Looking Animals Found In The Galapagos

You may have already read our article about the weird and wonderful things that the Galapagos has to offer (and if not you can read it here!) but have you seen the strangest animals that live on the islands?

Whilst we all know that tortoises are cute – which animals are the weirdest looking?

Read on – some of them may surprise you!

Marine Iguana

Marine iguana

This unique species of Iguana looks like a rainbow and are known for its habit of snorting salt through its specialised nasal glands!

Magnificent Frigatebird

Magnificent Frigatebird

Whilst these birds look like they’ve been pumped up by a balloon, the size of their neck is actually all down to mating habits! The males inflate their throats to look impressive to the females and females are usually attracted to those with the brightest colour of red.

Blue Footed Boobies

Blue footed boobie

These unusually named birds are famed for their bright blue feet! You can’t miss them on the islands, and if you manage to see one during a mating dance you may even witness their unusual hopping display used to attract females.

Sally Lightfoot Crab

Sally lightfoot crab Galapagos

These weird little crabs stand out in the sand due to their rainbow-coloured armour. They’re a friend to the Marine Iguana though and have been spotted picking ticks from the lizard’s skin.

The Tortoise and the Yellow Bird

the tortoise and the bird

Like something out of a children’s book, the tortoises and these little yellow birds are the best of friends. The birds pick out ticks that have landed on the tortoise and it’s not every day that you see a bird sitting on the shoulder of a 100-year-old tortoise.

Stars and Stripes Puffer (also known as the White Spotted Pufferfish!)

Whitespotted pufferfish

If you delve into the depths of the Galapagos sea, then watch out for this little critter! The fish gets its name from its bizarre pattern and whilst it doesn’t only live in the Galapagos, it’s one of the most colourful fish around these waters.

Lava Gull

Lava gull

These creepy-looking birds are actually an endangered species but despite their evil-looking eyes aren’t known for being vicious! Unlike other birds that nest in groups, these keep themselves to themselves.

Have you seen any of these strange animals or pairs of animals before?

Would you ever travel to the Galapagos to see them?

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