The Galapagos Islands are home to such bizarre beasts that they seem to have escaped from a Pixar movie. On a recent trip to this volcanic archipelago, my husband and I walked and snorkeled among its quirky creatures, who were unfazed and unflustered by our curiosity . . . and our cameras.
Here’s a selection of some of the dazzling characters we encountered.
When it comes to the Galapagos inhabitants, it’s hard to tell fact from fiction!
See how YOU do in detecting the truth on the quiz below.
1. Select the letter of each true statement below.
2. Put the letters (in order) into the blanks.
3. The completed word is the animal whom the islands are named after.
(This animal’s Spanish name is “galapagos.”)
4. Click on the link at the bottom to check your answer.
______ O _____ T ______ I ______ ______
1. RED-FOOTED BOOBY
I catch fish by plunging head-first into the water. For protection I
Always wear a helmet. <S>
Have air sacs in my skull to soften the blow. <T>
2. MARINE IGUANA
When I build up too much salt in my body from snacking on seaweed, I
Switch to a salt-free diet. <Q>
Snort clouds of salt spray from my nostrils. <R>
3. GIANT TORTOISE
I live a long life. So I may have been plodding along when
The first Hersey bars were invented (1900). <O>
Stegosaurus feasted on ferns. <P>
4. SEA LION
For excitement, I
Play tag with the sharks. <R>
Body surf on the waves. <S>
5. SALLY LIGHTFOOT CRAB
If someone bothers me I
Make like a water pistol and squirt them. <E>
Get crabby and put out a DO NOT DISTURB sign. <F>
To see more Galpagos photos you can visit my husband’s and my photography website at: http://www.agpix.com/cohen
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