By Rebecca Hogue Wojahn

Welcome to the Galpagos Islands! As you stick to a direction in the course of the black lava rock on one of many islands, you'll listen the ocean lions barking or the hum of a white-lined sphinx moth flying prior your head. The Galpagos Islands are vigorous, from a massive tortoise trudging towards a cactus patch to a Galpagos barn owl gliding within the air, able to grasp up a Santa Fe rice rat. Day and evening within the Galpagos Islands, the search is directly to locate foodand to prevent changing into an individual elses subsequent meal. the entire dwelling issues are hooked up to each other in a foodstuff chain, from animal to animal, animal to plant, plant to insect, and bug to animal. What course will you're taking to stick to the meals chain throughout the islands?

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However, as the day goes by, it becomes too hot. The marine iguana raises his body off the rock so the cool breeze can swirl under him. He opens his mouth a little and pants. Still, he’s in danger of overheating. He crawls toward the ocean and launches himself into the cold waves. Others join him with their own splashes. Marine iguanas are the world’s only swimming iguanas. Scientists think the iguanas learned to swim when they first arrived on the islands. There probably wasn’t much to eat on land, so the iguanas ventured into the water looking for food.

Algae floating on the surface. To learn more about the al gae of the Galápagos Islands, tu rn to page 22 . . a white-lined sphinx moth that followed a boat’s light out to sea. To see what another white-lined sphinx moth is up to, turn to page 33. Galápagos Tortoise (Geochelone elephantopus) The Galápagos tortoise wakes a few hours after dawn. She crawls out of her dugout space beneath some shrubs. This pit she sleeps in fits her shell, or carapace, perfectly. It’s a huge hole. You could fit in it easily.

Over time, their wings grew weak, and they lost the ability to fly. But when people started arriving on the islands, they brought dogs and cats. Some of those dogs and cats became feral. They hunt the birds of the islands. And because these cormorants can’t fly away anymore, they are very easy prey. 43 Galápagos Sea Lion (Zalophus californianus wollebaeki) A female (left) and male sea lion 44 The Galápagos sea lion playfully nips the Galápagos penguin as it glides by in the water. The sea lion’s not hunting, just bored.

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