The Galapagos Islands | My Family Travels
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The feeling of having an orca whale’s dorsal fin skim my arm sent a shock through my body and a shiver down my spine. Its fin then disappeared and it swam under our inflatable, rubber boat and re-appeared on the other side. This is an experience that you can only have in the Galapagos Islands and I was fortunate to be able to go there with my family this summer and explore the animals that live in the air, land, and water.
This summer, my family and I went on a vacation to the Galapagos Islands and we spent a week on a yacht going from island to island seeing the animals that inhabited the land. We used Quasar Expeditions for our tour and had an unforgettable trip. Our days consisted of exploring the several islands and learning about all of the exotic animals the Galapagos is home to. Our nature guide explained to us the history of these magical islands and how Darwin came to discover the theory of evolution through his study of the myriad of animals that inhabit the islands. Some days were spent walking through the vast National forests with exotic birds circling around us. Birds such as blue-footed boobies, frigett birds, and the albatross are exclusive to the islands and have made a name for themselves due to their extraordinary adaptation abilities. These birds each have a particular characteristic that makes them unique and incredible to encounter.
The unique animals that dwell in the land consist mainly of iguanas and giant tortoises. The iguanas come in two types, land and marine iguanas. The land iguanas will live in the brush and blend in with the sand while the marine iguanas will swim in the water and are black in order to blend in with the lava rock on the shoreline. Giant tortoises are very peculiar animals because they are massive and strong, but all they do is lie about and eat. Their size is astounding and they are one of the most protected animals on the islands due to their current state of endangerment. Among the islands are also many types of striking plants and flowers that give the island a scenic view.
The water that surrounds the islands is filled with countless animals that are endemic to the area. The orca whale is the largest animal that lives in the water, but there are large families of porpoise that migrate throughout the waters. The sea lions are also very prevalent throughout the waters, always playing around the boats and on the shore. At one point, I took a 15-foot rope into the water and a sea lion grabbed the other end with his teeth and we played tug-a-war with each other. Penguins can also be found on the cliffs in one area of the islands and they will swim around you wanting to play. This encounter was mind-blowing because these animals aren’t afraid of humans and will act almost like a pet. I believe that you won’t be able to have the same experience anywhere else in the world.
I personally do not know of anyone else who has been able to have the same experience that I had in the Galapagos Islands with all of the air, land, and sea animals I encountered. Without a doubt, this is the most incredible trip I have ever been on. The islands hold a certain enchanting quality about them with the fantastic animals that I was fortunate to observe while on my trip. The images I have stored away will play through my mind for eternity.

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