Galapagos fish represent one of the most amazing features out of the many marine wonders of these Islands.
This is specially true if you enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, or watch the marine realm in the Galapagos Islands.
The ichthyologic fauna (in other words, the fish) is unique since there is no other tropical place on Earth that delivers several marine provinces in the same geographical location.
For instance, the king angel fish (below) or Holocanthus passer, is seen in the Sea of Cortez and Baja California.
King Angel Fish
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The moorish idol (Zanclus cornutus) is seen in the west Pacific, the pacific beakfish (Oplegnathus insignis) is a classic in the peruvian province, and the blue-chin parrot fish (Scarus ghobban) is seen in Panama.
This extreme biodiversity is unique to the Galapagos Islands. The highlights of this unique marine fauna are showcased by two factors:
The different currents that bathe the Islands, and the Islands' isolation in relation to continental land masses.
These Islands have over 500 species of fish in Galapagos, offering a mosaic of tropical, subtropical and even temperate species.
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Over time, this has generated about 86 endemic species to Galapagos (17%), and by all means a critical need for the protection of marine ecosystems.
Thus, the waters of Galapagos are being officially protected since 1986, when they were declared a Marine Reserve (133,000 Km2), and later in 2001 a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Still, modern efforts remain needed, specially in the local Galapagos fishing industry, in order to achieve realistic resource sustainability.
Galapagos Marine Life is Recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site
You will really enjoy admiring the beauty of Galapagos fishes in these Islands. A day in the water, or a day under its surface, can be the best way to understand the marine realm of Galapagos better.
Visit this group of Islands in South America and swim surrounded with colorful and rare fish in Galapagos waters. This may well be the beginning of a totallynew adventure in your life.
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