Meet the Natives; the Wildlife of the Galapagos in Photos

Meet the Natives; the Wildlife of the Galapagos in Photos

Everyone expects to see some #aspirational #wildlife in the #Galapagos Islands, but we simply didn't expect them all to be so darn cute! We took a 6 day #tour to explore the archipelago. Check out our pictures below to see some of the highlights of the tour!


So, landscapes are all well and good, but really, what you want to see from the Galapagos are cute baby sea lion photos, am I right?

Finding cute baby sea lions was definitely not a problem in the Galapagos, particularly on San Cristobal island, where we practically fell over them all the time, draped over pretty much everything in sight.

Ain't I Cute Just Hanging out?

It’s not all about the sea lions, though. The Galapagos is home to a pretty fantastic collection of wildlife, some of which we captured in pictures during our tour with GalaKiwi, and we’re going to share them with you today. 

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Although, there will be the odd baby sea lion photo or three thrown in just for good measure…

Just… Don’t Call Them Seals. Mmkay?Sea Turtles! Not the Same as Tortoises. Unless You’re German, in Which Case Your Transgression is Forgivable, Because the Word for Both is the Same in German.When two Hundred Years old you Reach, Look as Good you Will not, hmm? This One’s a Tortoise. They Live on the Land. That’s the Difference.I Have no Idea at all What This Thing is. It was Crawling Around on the Beach, Distracting us From Cute sea Lions. It’s a Sally Lightfoot Crab! Great Name, eh? It’s Also Called a Red Rock Crab. For Reasons That are Possibly Apparent. The Males get red, as far as I Recall.This is a Marine Iguana. As you can see, he is Unimpressed by our Camera Toting Efforts. These Guys Tried Evolution, but Stopped a While ago, Happy with Where They got.A Quick Break From our Normal Programming to Deliver a Couple of Smiling sea Lions. It’s not a Tough Life, to be Honest. A lot of Sleeping, a bit of Messing Around in the Water, and Likely Some Food. You can see What They’re Smiling About.Yes! The Galapagos Also has Flamingos. And if you Keep Looking Under There, You’ll Find Them too. Honestly, I Could Swear I Left Them Round Here Somewhere.
Just… Don’t Call Them Seals. Mmkay?

Sea-turtles! Not the same as tortoises.

Sea Turtles! Not the Same as Tortoises. Unless You’re German, in Which Case Your Transgression is Forgivable, Because the Word for Both is the Same in German.
Sea Turtles! Not the Same as Tortoises. Unless You’re German, in Which Case Your Transgression is Forgivable, Because the Word for Both is the Same in German.

This one’s a tortoise. They live on the land. That’s the difference.

When two Hundred Years old you Reach, Look as Good you Will not, hmm? 
When two Hundred Years old you Reach, Look as Good you Will not, hmm? 
Just… Don’t Call Them Seals. Mmkay?Sea Turtles! Not the Same as Tortoises. Unless You’re German, in Which Case Your Transgression is Forgivable, Because the Word for Both is the Same in German.When two Hundred Years old you Reach, Look as Good you Will not, hmm? This One’s a Tortoise. They Live on the Land. That’s the Difference.I Have no Idea at all What This Thing is. It was Crawling Around on the Beach, Distracting us From Cute sea Lions. It’s a Sally Lightfoot Crab! Great Name, eh? It’s Also Called a Red Rock Crab. For Reasons That are Possibly Apparent. The Males get red, as far as I Recall.This is a Marine Iguana. As you can see, he is Unimpressed by our Camera Toting Efforts. These Guys Tried Evolution, but Stopped a While ago, Happy with Where They got.A Quick Break From our Normal Programming to Deliver a Couple of Smiling sea Lions. It’s not a Tough Life, to be Honest. A lot of Sleeping, a bit of Messing Around in the Water, and Likely Some Food. You can see What They’re Smiling About.Yes! The Galapagos Also has Flamingos. And if you Keep Looking Under There, You’ll Find Them too. Honestly, I Could Swear I Left Them Round Here Somewhere.
I Have no Idea at all What This Thing is. It was Crawling Around on the Beach, Distracting us From Cute sea Lions. 
Just… Don’t Call Them Seals. Mmkay?Sea Turtles! Not the Same as Tortoises. Unless You’re German, in Which Case Your Transgression is Forgivable, Because the Word for Both is the Same in German.When two Hundred Years old you Reach, Look as Good you Will not, hmm? This One’s a Tortoise. They Live on the Land. That’s the Difference.I Have no Idea at all What This Thing is. It was Crawling Around on the Beach, Distracting us From Cute sea Lions. It’s a Sally Lightfoot Crab! Great Name, eh? It’s Also Called a Red Rock Crab. For Reasons That are Possibly Apparent. The Males get red, as far as I Recall.This is a Marine Iguana. As you can see, he is Unimpressed by our Camera Toting Efforts. These Guys Tried Evolution, but Stopped a While ago, Happy with Where They got.A Quick Break From our Normal Programming to Deliver a Couple of Smiling sea Lions. It’s not a Tough Life, to be Honest. A lot of Sleeping, a bit of Messing Around in the Water, and Likely Some Food. You can see What They’re Smiling About.Yes! The Galapagos Also has Flamingos. And if you Keep Looking Under There, You’ll Find Them too. Honestly, I Could Swear I Left Them Round Here Somewhere.
It’s a Sally Lightfoot Crab! Great Name, eh? It’s Also Called a Red Rock Crab. For Reasons That are Possibly Apparent. The Males get red, as far as I Recall.
Just… Don’t Call Them Seals. Mmkay?Sea Turtles! Not the Same as Tortoises. Unless You’re German, in Which Case Your Transgression is Forgivable, Because the Word for Both is the Same in German.When two Hundred Years old you Reach, Look as Good you Will not, hmm? This One’s a Tortoise. They Live on the Land. That’s the Difference.I Have no Idea at all What This Thing is. It was Crawling Around on the Beach, Distracting us From Cute sea Lions. It’s a Sally Lightfoot Crab! Great Name, eh? It’s Also Called a Red Rock Crab. For Reasons That are Possibly Apparent. The Males get red, as far as I Recall.This is a Marine Iguana. As you can see, he is Unimpressed by our Camera Toting Efforts. These Guys Tried Evolution, but Stopped a While ago, Happy with Where They got.A Quick Break From our Normal Programming to Deliver a Couple of Smiling sea Lions. It’s not a Tough Life, to be Honest. A lot of Sleeping, a bit of Messing Around in the Water, and Likely Some Food. You can see What They’re Smiling About.Yes! The Galapagos Also has Flamingos. And if you Keep Looking Under There, You’ll Find Them too. Honestly, I Could Swear I Left Them Round Here Somewhere.
This is a Marine Iguana. As you can see, he is Unimpressed by our Camera Toting Efforts. These Guys Tried Evolution, but Stopped a While ago, Happy with Where They got.
Just… Don’t Call Them Seals. Mmkay?Sea Turtles! Not the Same as Tortoises. Unless You’re German, in Which Case Your Transgression is Forgivable, Because the Word for Both is the Same in German.When two Hundred Years old you Reach, Look as Good you Will not, hmm? This One’s a Tortoise. They Live on the Land. That’s the Difference.I Have no Idea at all What This Thing is. It was Crawling Around on the Beach, Distracting us From Cute sea Lions. It’s a Sally Lightfoot Crab! Great Name, eh? It’s Also Called a Red Rock Crab. For Reasons That are Possibly Apparent. The Males get red, as far as I Recall.This is a Marine Iguana. As you can see, he is Unimpressed by our Camera Toting Efforts. These Guys Tried Evolution, but Stopped a While ago, Happy with Where They got.A Quick Break From our Normal Programming to Deliver a Couple of Smiling sea Lions. It’s not a Tough Life, to be Honest. A lot of Sleeping, a bit of Messing Around in the Water, and Likely Some Food. You can see What They’re Smiling About.Yes! The Galapagos Also has Flamingos. And if you Keep Looking Under There, You’ll Find Them too. Honestly, I Could Swear I Left Them Round Here Somewhere.
A Quick Break From our Normal Programming to Deliver a Couple of Smiling sea Lions. It’s not a Tough Life, to be Honest. A lot of Sleeping, a bit of Messing Around in the Water, and Likely Some Food. You can see What They’re Smiling About.
Just… Don’t Call Them Seals. Mmkay?Sea Turtles! Not the Same as Tortoises. Unless You’re German, in Which Case Your Transgression is Forgivable, Because the Word for Both is the Same in German.When two Hundred Years old you Reach, Look as Good you Will not, hmm? This One’s a Tortoise. They Live on the Land. That’s the Difference.I Have no Idea at all What This Thing is. It was Crawling Around on the Beach, Distracting us From Cute sea Lions. It’s a Sally Lightfoot Crab! Great Name, eh? It’s Also Called a Red Rock Crab. For Reasons That are Possibly Apparent. The Males get red, as far as I Recall.This is a Marine Iguana. As you can see, he is Unimpressed by our Camera Toting Efforts. These Guys Tried Evolution, but Stopped a While ago, Happy with Where They got.A Quick Break From our Normal Programming to Deliver a Couple of Smiling sea Lions. It’s not a Tough Life, to be Honest. A lot of Sleeping, a bit of Messing Around in the Water, and Likely Some Food. You can see What They’re Smiling About.Yes! The Galapagos Also has Flamingos. And if you Keep Looking Under There, You’ll Find Them too. Honestly, I Could Swear I Left Them Round Here Somewhere.
Yes! The Galapagos Also has Flamingos. And if you Keep Looking Under There, You’ll Find Them too. Honestly, I Could Swear I Left Them Round Here Somewhere.
I Have a Feeling That This is one of Those Finches That Started the Whole Thing With Darwin off. Naturally I Have no idea Which Finch it is – They all Look Different. This is, Apparently, the Point.Blue Footed Boobies. Looking all Serious. Probably Because of the Name. Dealing With the Jokes Must get Tiresome. Still, at Least They Have Blue Feet to Make it all Worth it. Right Guys? Right? Hmm. Maybe This Will Cheer Them up.Awww. Doesn’t That Just Make Everything Better!These are Male Frigate Birds Doing Their Mating Display, Which Involves Puffing Themselves up Like Balloons, and Then Getting Terribly Excited When a Female Flies Past, Often to the Point of Falling Over That Giant Balloon.In the Time we Watched, None of the Female Frigate Birds Seemed Particularly Impressed by These two. Still, it Must Work.
I Have a Feeling That This is one of Those Finches That Started the Whole Thing With Darwin off. Naturally I Have no idea Which Finch it is – They all Look Different. This is, Apparently, the Point.
I Have a Feeling That This is one of Those Finches That Started the Whole Thing With Darwin off. Naturally I Have no idea Which Finch it is – They all Look Different. This is, Apparently, the Point.Blue Footed Boobies. Looking all Serious. Probably Because of the Name. Dealing With the Jokes Must get Tiresome. Still, at Least They Have Blue Feet to Make it all Worth it. Right Guys? Right? Hmm. Maybe This Will Cheer Them up.Awww. Doesn’t That Just Make Everything Better!These are Male Frigate Birds Doing Their Mating Display, Which Involves Puffing Themselves up Like Balloons, and Then Getting Terribly Excited When a Female Flies Past, Often to the Point of Falling Over That Giant Balloon.In the Time we Watched, None of the Female Frigate Birds Seemed Particularly Impressed by These two. Still, it Must Work.
Blue Footed Boobies. Looking all Serious. Probably Because of the Name. Dealing With the Jokes Must get Tiresome. Still, at Least They Have Blue Feet to Make it all Worth it. Right Guys? Right? Hmm. Maybe This Will Cheer Them up.
I Have a Feeling That This is one of Those Finches That Started the Whole Thing With Darwin off. Naturally I Have no idea Which Finch it is – They all Look Different. This is, Apparently, the Point.Blue Footed Boobies. Looking all Serious. Probably Because of the Name. Dealing With the Jokes Must get Tiresome. Still, at Least They Have Blue Feet to Make it all Worth it. Right Guys? Right? Hmm. Maybe This Will Cheer Them up.Awww. Doesn’t That Just Make Everything Better!These are Male Frigate Birds Doing Their Mating Display, Which Involves Puffing Themselves up Like Balloons, and Then Getting Terribly Excited When a Female Flies Past, Often to the Point of Falling Over That Giant Balloon.In the Time we Watched, None of the Female Frigate Birds Seemed Particularly Impressed by These two. Still, it Must Work.
Awww. Doesn’t That Just Make Everything Better!
I Have a Feeling That This is one of Those Finches That Started the Whole Thing With Darwin off. Naturally I Have no idea Which Finch it is – They all Look Different. This is, Apparently, the Point.Blue Footed Boobies. Looking all Serious. Probably Because of the Name. Dealing With the Jokes Must get Tiresome. Still, at Least They Have Blue Feet to Make it all Worth it. Right Guys? Right? Hmm. Maybe This Will Cheer Them up.Awww. Doesn’t That Just Make Everything Better!These are Male Frigate Birds Doing Their Mating Display, Which Involves Puffing Themselves up Like Balloons, and Then Getting Terribly Excited When a Female Flies Past, Often to the Point of Falling Over That Giant Balloon.In the Time we Watched, None of the Female Frigate Birds Seemed Particularly Impressed by These two. Still, it Must Work.
These are Male Frigate Birds Doing Their Mating Display, Which Involves Puffing Themselves up Like Balloons, and Then Getting Terribly Excited When a Female Flies Past, Often to the Point of Falling Over That Giant Balloon.
I Have a Feeling That This is one of Those Finches That Started the Whole Thing With Darwin off. Naturally I Have no idea Which Finch it is – They all Look Different. This is, Apparently, the Point.Blue Footed Boobies. Looking all Serious. Probably Because of the Name. Dealing With the Jokes Must get Tiresome. Still, at Least They Have Blue Feet to Make it all Worth it. Right Guys? Right? Hmm. Maybe This Will Cheer Them up.Awww. Doesn’t That Just Make Everything Better!These are Male Frigate Birds Doing Their Mating Display, Which Involves Puffing Themselves up Like Balloons, and Then Getting Terribly Excited When a Female Flies Past, Often to the Point of Falling Over That Giant Balloon.In the Time we Watched, None of the Female Frigate Birds Seemed Particularly Impressed by These two. Still, it Must Work.
In the Time we Watched, None of the Female Frigate Birds Seemed Particularly Impressed by These two. Still, it Must Work.
There was an Excellent Collection of Lizards in the Galapagos too, of all Colours and Sizes. I’m not Really Sure What This Chap was Called.
There was an Excellent Collection of Lizards in the Galapagos too, of all Colours and Sizes. I’m not Really Sure What This Chap was Called.
And This is a Red-Footed Booby! Our Mission to Find Them at Punta Pitt on San Cristobal was a Success! Hurrah!This is a Baby sea Lion Sleeping on a Rock. It Doesn’t Look Totally Comfortable if you ask me.And Another Giant Tortoise! These Guys Differ in Species Between the Islands, and Actually Look Remarkably Different to one Another. It’s Fascinating Stuff.The Bird Life is Kind of Incredible, and so is how Close you can get to it. Of Course, I Have no Idea what Kind of Bird This is, but does That Matter? Probably.This one I do Know. It’s a Yellow Warbler. Hope is not yet Lost for my Ornithological Prowess.This is a Male Frigate Bird not on Display. Amazing how That Balloon Tucks Away!
And This is a Red-Footed Booby! Our Mission to Find Them at Punta Pitt on San Cristobal was a Success! Hurrah!
And This is a Red-Footed Booby! Our Mission to Find Them at Punta Pitt on San Cristobal was a Success! Hurrah!This is a Baby sea Lion Sleeping on a Rock. It Doesn’t Look Totally Comfortable if you ask me.And Another Giant Tortoise! These Guys Differ in Species Between the Islands, and Actually Look Remarkably Different to one Another. It’s Fascinating Stuff.The Bird Life is Kind of Incredible, and so is how Close you can get to it. Of Course, I Have no Idea what Kind of Bird This is, but does That Matter? Probably.This one I do Know. It’s a Yellow Warbler. Hope is not yet Lost for my Ornithological Prowess.This is a Male Frigate Bird not on Display. Amazing how That Balloon Tucks Away!
This is a Baby sea Lion Sleeping on a Rock. It Doesn’t Look Totally Comfortable if you ask me.
And This is a Red-Footed Booby! Our Mission to Find Them at Punta Pitt on San Cristobal was a Success! Hurrah!This is a Baby sea Lion Sleeping on a Rock. It Doesn’t Look Totally Comfortable if you ask me.And Another Giant Tortoise! These Guys Differ in Species Between the Islands, and Actually Look Remarkably Different to one Another. It’s Fascinating Stuff.The Bird Life is Kind of Incredible, and so is how Close you can get to it. Of Course, I Have no Idea what Kind of Bird This is, but does That Matter? Probably.This one I do Know. It’s a Yellow Warbler. Hope is not yet Lost for my Ornithological Prowess.This is a Male Frigate Bird not on Display. Amazing how That Balloon Tucks Away!
And Another Giant Tortoise! These Guys Differ in Species Between the Islands, and Actually Look Remarkably Different to one Another. It’s Fascinating Stuff.
And This is a Red-Footed Booby! Our Mission to Find Them at Punta Pitt on San Cristobal was a Success! Hurrah!This is a Baby sea Lion Sleeping on a Rock. It Doesn’t Look Totally Comfortable if you ask me.And Another Giant Tortoise! These Guys Differ in Species Between the Islands, and Actually Look Remarkably Different to one Another. It’s Fascinating Stuff.The Bird Life is Kind of Incredible, and so is how Close you can get to it. Of Course, I Have no Idea what Kind of Bird This is, but does That Matter? Probably.This one I do Know. It’s a Yellow Warbler. Hope is not yet Lost for my Ornithological Prowess.This is a Male Frigate Bird not on Display. Amazing how That Balloon Tucks Away!
The Bird Life is Kind of Incredible, and so is how Close you can get to it. Of Course, I Have no Idea what Kind of Bird This is, but does That Matter? Probably.
And This is a Red-Footed Booby! Our Mission to Find Them at Punta Pitt on San Cristobal was a Success! Hurrah!This is a Baby sea Lion Sleeping on a Rock. It Doesn’t Look Totally Comfortable if you ask me.And Another Giant Tortoise! These Guys Differ in Species Between the Islands, and Actually Look Remarkably Different to one Another. It’s Fascinating Stuff.The Bird Life is Kind of Incredible, and so is how Close you can get to it. Of Course, I Have no Idea what Kind of Bird This is, but does That Matter? Probably.This one I do Know. It’s a Yellow Warbler. Hope is not yet Lost for my Ornithological Prowess.This is a Male Frigate Bird not on Display. Amazing how That Balloon Tucks Away!
This one I do Know. It’s a Yellow Warbler. Hope is not yet Lost for my Ornithological Prowess.
And This is a Red-Footed Booby! Our Mission to Find Them at Punta Pitt on San Cristobal was a Success! Hurrah!This is a Baby sea Lion Sleeping on a Rock. It Doesn’t Look Totally Comfortable if you ask me.And Another Giant Tortoise! These Guys Differ in Species Between the Islands, and Actually Look Remarkably Different to one Another. It’s Fascinating Stuff.The Bird Life is Kind of Incredible, and so is how Close you can get to it. Of Course, I Have no Idea what Kind of Bird This is, but does That Matter? Probably.This one I do Know. It’s a Yellow Warbler. Hope is not yet Lost for my Ornithological Prowess.This is a Male Frigate Bird not on Display. Amazing how That Balloon Tucks Away!
This is a Male Frigate Bird not on Display. Amazing how That Balloon Tucks Away!
And Here’s a Male Frigate Bird Floating on by. Did I Mention how Slose you end up Being to Everything? It’s Pretty Amazing. I Shot This at the Wide end of my Super Wide Angle lens, and Still Managed to Miss the Wing tip!And We’re Coming to the end. Here are a Couple More Marine Iguanas Looking Spectacularly Impressed by us.And We’ll Finish This Particular Photo Essay With This Cute Pair of Baby sea Lions. They had Quite a lot of Important Business to be Doing, but Stopped for Long Enough for us to Take Some Photos of Them.
And Here’s a Male Frigate Bird Floating on by. Did I Mention how Slose you end up Being to Everything? It’s Pretty Amazing. I Shot This at the Wide end of my Super Wide Angle lens, and Still Managed to Miss the Wing tip!
And Here’s a Male Frigate Bird Floating on by. Did I Mention how Slose you end up Being to Everything? It’s Pretty Amazing. I Shot This at the Wide end of my Super Wide Angle lens, and Still Managed to Miss the Wing tip!And We’re Coming to the end. Here are a Couple More Marine Iguanas Looking Spectacularly Impressed by us.And We’ll Finish This Particular Photo Essay With This Cute Pair of Baby sea Lions. They had Quite a lot of Important Business to be Doing, but Stopped for Long Enough for us to Take Some Photos of Them.
And We’re Coming to the end. Here are a Couple More Marine Iguanas Looking Spectacularly Impressed by us.
And Here’s a Male Frigate Bird Floating on by. Did I Mention how Slose you end up Being to Everything? It’s Pretty Amazing. I Shot This at the Wide end of my Super Wide Angle lens, and Still Managed to Miss the Wing tip!And We’re Coming to the end. Here are a Couple More Marine Iguanas Looking Spectacularly Impressed by us.And We’ll Finish This Particular Photo Essay With This Cute Pair of Baby sea Lions. They had Quite a lot of Important Business to be Doing, but Stopped for Long Enough for us to Take Some Photos of Them.
And We’ll Finish This Particular Photo Essay With This Cute Pair of Baby sea Lions. They had Quite a lot of Important Business to be Doing, but Stopped for Long Enough for us to Take Some Photos of Them.

Finally, we also encountered a whole host of more aquatic creatures whilst in the Galapagos, which I summarised into this ten second video for you guys with short attention spans. Enjoy!

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