Posted by: danielfee | March 12, 2012

Travel Photo of the Day 03-12-2012

Giant Tortoise - Galapagos Islands

At the Charles Darwin Research Station on Santa Cruz island, the Giant Tortoise are accustomed to visitors so you can get very close to them. In the highlands they are more timid and will pull back into their shell if you get too close. It is estimated there was once around 200,000 Giant Tortoises throughout the Galapagos Islands. But after centuries of exploitation there are perhaps only 15,000 to 17,000 remaining. Sailors had taken thousands of them for their fresh meat because they could store them alive on their backs in the ships hull. Tortoises can survive for months like this, even floating at sea, which is probably how their ancestors arrived in the islands.

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  1. Great photo


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