Eric took nearly 4,000 photos during the 24 days we spent in the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. It took nearly that many days to narrow things down to a few hundred stand out shots, including this selection of Eric’s favorite shots of the wildlife of the Galapagos Islands.

Wildlife of the Galapagos Islands

Galapagos sea lion pose

Eric took hundreds of pictures of sea lions in the Galapagos but the sleepy eyes and adorable pose of this baby sea lion napping in the sun really got us.

Galapagos Booby portrait

There are three kinds of boobies in the Galapagos. This one is a red footed booby and the feet truly are spectacular, however, the color on its face is portrait worthy too.

Galapagos marine iguana pose

Marine iguanas only exist in the Galapagos and their dinosaur-like selves are a common sight on some islands. We love the regal pose of this one, master of all it surveys.

Galapagos penguins

Penguins are adorable no matter what. They’re irresistible when they shake like dogs.

Galapagos Tortoise stare

This Galapagos tortoise took a quick break from mowing the lawn to give Eric his best wise-old-man face.

Galapagos marine iguana portrait

Dinosaurs (in the form of marine iguanas) are alive and well in the Galapagos.

Galapagos blue-footed booby

Blue footed boobies usually live up to their name (which comes from a Spanish word for dumb), but Eric caught this one in a contemplative moment as it looked out to sea.

Magnificent frigate silhouette Galapagos

The omnipresent frigate bird is most often photographed for its iridescent feathers and red throat sack but their unique silhouette is worth a shot too.

underwater sleeping Sea lion

Eric’s camera did not disturb this napping sea lion who stayed submerged in a warm, shallow pool as it slept, occasionally exhaling bubbles.

Galapagos marine iguana baby

Look left for a rare glimpse of juvenile marine iguanas.

Nazca booby eyes

The third type of booby in the Galapagos is called a Nazca booby, though we think this one, caught having a stare-down with Eric’s lens, embodies the species’ former name: masked booby.

Sea lion suntan

Sea lions are one of the most widely distributed of the animals in the Galapagos Islands and are particularly lovely on the islands with red sand, like this female coyly sunning herself.

Galapagos flightless cormorant

They may no longer be able to fly, but mating flightless cormorants are perfectly capable of land ballet as these two amiably demonstrated.

Galapagos land iguana smile

We admit that we smiled back at this land iguana.

Red-footed boobies Galapagos islands

Red footed boobies setting up house for another season of chicks.

Galapagos marine iguana gathering

Marine iguanas pile up in the sun to warm their reptile bodies, mimicking the darkness, stillness and geometry of the lava rock they live on.

Galapagos Lava Heron

Even birds that are seen in other parts of the world, like herons, take on a new intensity and regalness in the Galapagos.


Even if this young Galapagos tortoise could run away it wouldn’t bother. Animals in the Galapagos don’t see humans as predators so they’re less stressed by our presence, as this shot shows.

Galapagos land iguana

A burst of new growth mirrors the emerging colors of this molting land iguana.

Galapagos mobul ray flip

And THIS is how a mobula ray flies.

Galapagos marine iguana spine

This marine iguana struck an uncharacteristically elegant pose as it soaked warmth out of volcanic rock.

Going to the Galapagos

We’ve traveled to the Galapagos Islands three times while working on a wide range of story assignments. We’ve now spent more time in the Galapagos than Charles Darwin did. That doesn’t mean we’ve come up with a revolutionary scientific theory, but it does mean that we know our way around the place. For more insights and inspiration about going to the Galapagos, check out the stories we’ve reported and written about traveling to the Galapagos Islands.

How to Travel to the Galapagos Islands published by Travel + Leisure

Galapagos Islands Dive Boat Luxury published by Luxe Beat

Going Greener in the Galapagos published by The Toronto Sun

This is the Most Luxurious New Way to Tour the Galapagos Islands published by Bravo Jet Set

Cruising the Galapagos with Grace Kelly published by

Pikaia Lodge luxury hotel review published by Luxury Latin America

How to Cruise Through the Galapagos published by Travel + Leisure

28 Important Facts about Galapagos National Park published by Travel + Leisure

12 Animals You May See in the Galapagos Islands published by Travel + Leisure


And don’t miss our sunsets and landscapes of the Galapagos photo essay.

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