Formed roughly four to five million years ago, the Galapagos Islands today, is one of the most special places on earth. What makes these volcanic islands so extraordinary is that when they were created by the eruption of underwater volcanoes, they were totally devoid of any plant or animal life. Yet somehow over the millennia, these islands have now become home to several endemic species of wildlife including the Galapagos Tortoise, the Flightless Cormorant and the Red-billed Tropicbird.
Accidentally discovered by Bishop Tomas de Berlanga in 1535 while sailing from Panama to Peru; these islands got their name from the giant Galapagos or tortoises, which were spotted roaming around here. Used mostly as a base for pirates, buccaneers, whalers and sealers during the next three centuries, it was not until 1836 that these islands were given any scientific importance. Visited by Charles Darwin in 1835 aboard the HMS Beagle that was under the command of Captain Robert Fitzroy; little did anyone realize how important a role these islands were to play in understanding the evolution of the world...read more about Galapagos Islands »
Boobies spend a lot of time out at sea, returning ashore to find a mate and nest, and this is when you'll find them in the Galapagos. With a long beak and webbed feet, Boobies come in three varieties: masked, blue-footed and red-footed. Although the latter is the most famous (because it is the variety you see most frequently on Galapagos island tours) the red-footed species is the most colourful. As well as its bright red feet it also has a turquoise beak and ring to its eye. You can see these on Tower Island, Wenman Island, Punta and a few others.
The mating dance of the blue-footed booby is frequently the subject of Galapagos Islands holiday videos. The dance involves the birds ceremonially lifting their bright blue feet while swaying, bowing, and stretching their wings; it can be seen on several of the islands around the months of May to July...read more about Galapagos Islands Animals »