Are there really penguins in the Galapagos Islands?
Penguins in the Galapagos? Don’t they belong in cold weather, in the north and south poles? How can this...
Penguins in the Galapagos? Don’t they belong in cold weather, in the north and south poles? How can this species be found in the equatorial line? Nature is full of surprises and it allows us to see one here, one of the smallest penguins in the world, an animal with just about the size of a football, in the Galapagos Islands. When you come to the enchanted islands you’ll see it for yourself.
However, it is not easy to spot one, for there aren’t many left in the wild, with just about 2000 remaining only in the Galapagos Islands, the sight of them has become a privilege.
How did penguins get here and how can they survive hot weather?
It is hypothesized that these penguins were dragged by a strong current all the way from the South of Chile and managed to adapt to their new home condition; they lost weight and reduced their size in the process. Furthermore, the cool waters that the Humboldt Current brings to the archipelago allows them to remain there and call the archipelago home.
The Galapagos penguin is quite small, the second smallest penguin in the world with a weight of only 5.5 pounds and an average size of 19 inches. Here is a picture of one of them, notice their characteristic colors, their bands and size.
During their nesting seasons, between May and January, these loyal creatures take turns to guard and protect their nesting site and the future of their species in these islands. From the moment they lay their eggs, 40 days will pass until the chicks finally hatch. If you want to increase your chances of seeing one, consider planning your trip around this time.
Where can you see them?
There are only 1000 pairs left, they are an endangered species threatened by pollution, introduced species and climate change. The biggest populations live in Fernandina and Isabela Islands. However, the Galapagos penguin can also be found in several other islands but in smaller numbers; islands such as: Santiago, Bartolome, North of Santa Cruz and on Floreana Island. Keep in mind you can visit the main islands in the B-West itinerary of the Galapagos Legend and the Corals. Snorkel with them, watch them swim and hunt. Start your journey now.