Sea Lions and Fur Seals
The Galapagos provide a home base for thousands of sea lions and fur seals which take advantage of the varied seafood brought in by the converging ocean currents.
The bulls are easily identified by the hump on the forehead and the habit of bellowing for territory along the shore. It’s good practice to keep one’s self from wandering between a bull and his harem.
The Galapagos are also home to the legendary giant tortoises. Capable of living (slowly) for hundreds of years they faced extinction until a recent effort to preserve the species. The Darwin Research Station breeds and raises tortoises until they are mature enough to make it on their own in the various islands of the archipelago.
Darwin is the home of Lonesome George, last of the Pinta Island tortoises. Attempts have been made recently to breed the poor boy with females from nearby islands, but to no avail.