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WILDLIFE GALAPAGOS

 

FISH

 

The Galapagos Fish represent one of the biggest attractions for those who like diving and snorkeling in these Islands. There is no other tropical place in the world that has so many representatives from several marine provinces in the same geographical place.

 
These sharks are famous for their oddly shaped head, which helps them to hunt their prey. They feed on fish, squid, octopus, crustaceans, rays and other hammerhead sharks.
 
The whale shark is the biggest of the sharks and the biggest fish on our planet. Although the name might suggest otherwise, it is NOT a whale. This shark has a very big mouth which can be up to 4 feet (1.4 m) wide. Unlike with most sharks, where the mouth is found on the underside of the head, the mouth of a whale shark is found at the front of its head.
 

As its name implies, it lives on coral reefs and is typically seen along the seabed in clear waters. It is small in size and although dark in color, the tips of its fins are white.

 
These silvery damselfish with dark military stripes and yellow fins like to aggregate in large groups. Find them along the edges of reefs toward open water. They are one of the main cleaner fish for green sea turtles.
 
These beautiful Galapagos fish shimmer from blue to brown based on the light, with bright yellow and peach fins and a long white spot behind the gill.
 
 
They are a medium gray with black speckles throughout and a vivid, neon yellow tail. They like to school along rocky reefs.
 
They are the most common parrotfish seen throughout the islands and come in two morphotypes due to sequential hermaphroditism, where all individuals are born yellow and light brown, while super males develop the turquoise colors.
 
This family of fish has one of the most unique defense mechanisms in the ocean. Their scales resemble modified porcupine quills that normally lay flat to allow them to swim efficiently through the water. When they are frightened, they will “puff” into a sphere, which makes them hard to swallow both in size and with spines pointing in every direction.
 
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Diving Sites:

 

  • Daphne Mayor
  • Daphne Minor
  • Bajo Daphne

  • Cape Douglas
  • Espinosa Point
  • Cape Hammond
  • Mangle Point

  • Roca Redonda
  • Vicente Roca Point
  • Tagus Cove
  • Cape Marshall
  • Elizabeth Bay
  • Garcia Point
  • Shimpth Cove
  • Cowley Island
  • Alfaro Point
  • Rosa Blanca
  • Cuatro Hermanos Rock
  • La Viuda
  • Tortuga Island
  • West Tortuga Island
  • Union Rock
  • Cape Rosas

  • Seymour Channel
  • North East Zone

  • Black Turtle Cove
  • Guy Fawkes Sur
  • Eden Island
  • Camaño Islet
  • Las Palmitas
  • Carrion Point
  • Estrada Point (Academy Bay)
  • Gordon Rocks

  • Suarez Point
  • Gardner Island
  • Osborn Islet
  • Bajo Gardner

  • El Derrumbe
  • La Ventana
  • La Banana
  • Shark Point

  • Tijeretas Hill
  • Kicker Rock
  • Lobos Island
  • Five Fingers Islet
  • Pitt Point
  • Whale Rock
  • East Rock

  • Cadwell Island
  • Champion Islet
  • Devil’s Crown
  • Enderby Islet
  • Gardner Islet
  • Watson Islet

  • Black Beach
  • Espejo Point
  • Mejia Point
  • Montalvo Point

  • James Bay
  • Albany Islet
  • Buccaneer Cove
  • Cousins Rock
  • Don Ferdi Rock
  • Bainbridge Rock
  • Beagle Rock

  • Fondeadero
  • Miedo Point

  • Nerus Point
  • Cape Chalmers
  • Cape Ibbetson
  • Posada Port

  • Dumb Islet
  • Onan Islet
  • Sin Nombre Rock

  • El Arco
  • El Arenal

 

Did You Know...

 

There are about 22,000 species of fish that live in marine and freshwater ecosystems all over the world, from the poles to the deep Amazon jungles. In Ecuador they are the most diverse group of vertebrates after the birds, as they have registered about 1,340 species.

The Galapagos Fish represent one of the biggest attractions for those who like diving and snorkeling in these Islands.

If you have only one or two days to dive, Santa Cruz is an excellent choice (Gordon Rocks) for the amazing marine life there is. If you have at least four days of diving, Floreana is fine, for the amount of giant shoals that are seen.

The marine life of galapagos considered as the second largest in the world, after the Great Barrier Reef Australian.

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