Marine Iguana Doing What Marine Iguanas Do

Marine Iguana, La Fe Island, Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Here’s another marine iguana from the Galapagos Islands. This photo was taken on La Fe, a tiny little place that we visited as a day trip while staying at a camp on the nearby, larger island of Santa Cruz. This was a great little excursion, as we had the island completely to ourselves. As I mentioned in an earlier post — although marine iguanas are present on virtually every island in the Galapagos archipelago, they have evolved slightly differently on each. On La Fe, they definitely had more of an orange appearance to their skin. This one looks like it’s the only individual around, but they were virtually all over the place, draped lazily over the volcanic rocks that fringed the island.
Nikon D800 with Nikkor 17-35mm lens (at 17mm) ISO 400, f/10 at 1/1000th of a second

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  1. mom October 29, 2013 at 9:43 am #

    This creature looks huge. Is that an optical illusion? He looks to be the size of a seal.

    • Sean Crane October 29, 2013 at 9:55 am #

      Good question Mom. They are actually quite different in size depending on the island. The largest males can be over 5 feet in length. The average is about 3 feet from nose to tail tip, which is about what this guy was. I was shooting with a 17mm lens, which can also skew the perspective and make foreground objects appear larger than they actually are.

  2. Susan Rubeo October 29, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    Reminds me of the ancient dinosaurs , a step back in time SPOOKY LOOKING,

    Aunt Sue

  3. Melissa Rupard Tompk October 29, 2013 at 12:06 pm #

    What a great photo. I love reptiles, snakes, lizards, you name it. I love how they adapt to their surroundings. I would love to see a sea snake or another kind of snake if you have one!
    This one lizard looks all dressed up for Halloween! Lovely job, Mr.Crane. Thanks for sharing… Tell me, what do these guys eat?

    • Sean Crane October 29, 2013 at 12:51 pm #

      Thanks Melissa. They mostly eat the green algae that grows on the rocks. Sometimes that vegetation is on the rocks on land, but mostly it grows on the rocks that are underwater. The marine iguanas swim and will go underwater to feed on the algae. I tried getting photos of the iguanas underwater but was only able to get them swimming on the surface.

  4. Peter Butterfield October 29, 2013 at 4:19 pm #

    The post finally loaded its’ not a bunny. And I misspelled hosta. Are they good eating? Thanx.

  5. michael huber October 30, 2013 at 2:14 am #

    it looks like he is taking after noon, sun bathing in the sun, great pic, great shot of the inguas,s

  6. lesley -Collinsville November 6, 2013 at 7:42 am #

    I LOVE this guy…