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Early in the development of the islands many migratory birds made their way across the seas from neighboring Colombia , Ecuador and Peru to the islands. Over the years additional birds began to arrive with the assistance of the trade winds. Today of the 19 species of birds residing in the Galapagos 50% are endemic and 25% are exclusive to the islands including the Galapagos Penguin, Flightless Cormorant, Waved Albatross, Lava Gull and the Swallow Tailed Gull. More than 700,000 migratory sea birds can be seen in the islands.

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The Galapagos is home to almost 1/3 of the worlds . Blue Footed Booby population, the highest concentration of Masked Boobies and the largest colony of Red Footed Boobies While some birds have changed little over the years from their ancestors who first arrived in the islands, others have altered slightly to create a new subspecies in the Galapagos like the Vermillion Flycatcher and the Short Eared Owl . Others have developed into new species like the Galapagos Hawk and Galapagos Dove . The most dramatic evolutionary changes can be seen in birds like the Mockingbirds or Finches, which have developed into several new subspecies depending on their environment in the islands. With the lack of predatory mammals, life on the islands is dominated by reptiles; represented by the famous Galapagos Tortoise , land and marine iguanas, lava lizards and sea turtles. These creatures closely represent their relatives on the South American continent.

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There are 27 species of reptiles in the Galapagos of which 17 are endemic. Over the past few years' attention has begun being paid to the remarkable underwater world. These creatures consist of more than just the Fur Seals, Sea Lions, and Sally Lightfoot Crabs that are ever apparent. It also includes 16 species of whales and 7 types of dolphin, 18 species of morays , 5 species of rays , 12 species of sharks as well as various other underwater animals from tropical angelfish to sea cucumbers.

 

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