Tiki with friendicicles - nice and cold in here   icicles - nice and cold in here
Tiki with friendicicles - nice and cold in here

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Tiki with Mr and Mrs Booby

A flightless cormorant. They can't fly but they can dive well using their big feet. That's how they catch their food. Because there were no predators on the islands until humans came, these birds never needed to fly so, over many generations, they lost the use of their wings.
giant tortoise

Some of the world's rarest seabirds live and breed in the Galápagos islands. The flightless cormorant is one of them. And one of the world's smallest penguins is another rarity, but I found some and they seemed very pleased to meet a much bigger penguin (me!). They even showed me their best fishing places.

The reason there are so many seabirds, inluding the rare ones, is because of a great cold ocean current which comes up from the Antarctic. This enormous upwelling of cold waters brings nutrients to the sea surface layers so that all kinds of sea creatures can find plenty of food. At the top of the 'food chain' are animals like sealions and birds like the cormorant and the little Galápagos penguins as well as very big birds like albatrosses and boobies.

Let's have a look at some of these wonderful birds in my second slide show.

I hope you liked seeing all those beautiful birds. Now click here to see some of the islands' sea mammals.



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