Galapagos Penguins

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Galapagos penguins live on the Galapagos Islands right on the Equator. These Galapagos Islands belong to the country of Ecuador.

The Islands are located to the West of this country, Northwest of South America in the Pacific Ocean.

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Penguins also inhabit on Isabela the biggest Island on Galapagos. Today the breeding population is estimated to be as low as 800 pairs.

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Because of their restricted mobility compared with flying species and their natal site fidelity, penguins should show distinct spatial patterns of genetic variability that will be useful for population studies.

The Penguins that live here, are exclusive to the Galapagos Islands where 1,700 to 8,500 individuals breed on 6 main Islands and several other small Islands.

Galapagos Penguins have a narrow white band from the eye extending under the chin and a black band that runs in an inverted horseshoe shape around their fronts.

Although the pattern of banding on this Galapagos animal is similar to that on Magellanic Penguins, they are easily distinguished.

Magellanic Penguins are considerably larger than the ones in Galapagos and also the main black band around the front is much narrower in the penguins of Galapagos.

Penguins usually look for food close to shore and feed mainly on small fish such as sardines and mullet.

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Penguins in Galapagos feed only during the day and depend on the cold Humboldt current to bring them fish for feeding.

The sun in Galapagos is sometimes strong so Galapagos penguins have to get into the Ocean to cool off.

The way that penguins swim is kind of funny letting only their heads above the water with the rest of their bodies submerged.

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The gracious penguins in Galapagos also dive at great speeds using their flippers when they are looking for fish.

Looking at how the Galapagos penguins live in the tropics is an experience that you will never forget. Visit the Galapagos Islands they are still waiting to be re-discovered by you.

Recommended Reading

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)

Ecuador & Galapagos (Insight Guides)
With 250 photos and tons of great information, this is an essential addition to your pre-Ecuador and -Galapagos reading! There are better guides if you are only interested in the islands, but for a combination trip taking in Ecuador as well, it's hard to beat.

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands

Birds, Mammals, and Reptiles of the Galapagos Islands
Small enough to fit into your pocket, yet containing comprehensive information and pictures of all the species you will encounter in the islands, this book is a must-have for nature lovers. Let's face it, Galapagos is largely about the wildlife. This book will NOT disappoint, and you'll have a great memento of your time with the seals, penguins and tortoises!

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World

Galapagos: The Islands That Changed the World
Definitely NOT a tourist's guide, but if you're like me, and find the history and geography of the islands irresistible, then this is a title you ought to invest in. Stunningly illustrated, and painstakingly researched, those of you who have been there will be enchanted again -- and those of you who have not will begin planning your trip!

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands

Moon Spotlight Galapagos Islands
If you're a seasoned Galapagos regular, then you will probably prefer something weightier. But for first-timers looking for simple, down-to-earth advice on where to go, what to see and the best shopping and eating on the islands, this is the book for you. Small, well-priced, and reliable!

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire

Galapagos: Islands Born of Fire
The 10th anniversary edition of this photographer's tour of the Galapagos Islands is a stunning book, worthy of anybody's coffee table. This is a perfect post-trip talking point -- a great way to remember what you've seen, and spread the word amongst your envious friends!


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