The Galapagos Islands an underwater wonder of the world
Year after year, the Galapagos Islands are voted one of the world’s top dive destinations. One reason is due to their remote and well-protected location 600 miles west of Ecuador. Another is due to the far-sighted conservation visionaries who tucked most of the archipelago into Galapagos National Park, then later established the Galapagos Marine Reserve encompassing 133,000 square kilometers, the second largest marine reserve in the world. Protected as a Whale Sanctuary, a UN Biosphere Reserve, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where all shark fishing is prohibited, the Galapagos Islands are truly one of the seven underwater wonders of the world.
THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Made famous by Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection, the Galapagos Islands provide marine habitat for sea lions, fur seals, stingrays and golden rays, giant mantas and a host of invertebrates. Watch for diving boobies and algae grazing marine iguanas and sea turtles aglow at night in bio-luminescence. More than 300 different species of fish ply the Galapagos waters including schooling hammerheads, white-tip sharks, and giant whale sharks. You might even see a sperm whale or an orca during a drift dive.
Some consider the Galapagos the premiere spot for seeing large marine fauna. Seeing pelagic species so close to shore is more common in the Galapagos than in most of any other dive site in the world. Like the animals on land, the animals that inhabit these waters have not evolved with a sense of fear of humans, and your presence will seem no more than a curiosity to these animals.
The sharks that patrol these waters are timid and by no means dangerous, the sea lion pups that you see basking and awkward on the beaches are graceful and playful in the water; and spotted rays glide past you in the azure environment. One in every four marine species is endemic, making the varieties of angelfish and even chub in the water a marine biologist's jackpot. And after all, where else can you observe equatorial penguins diving with marine iguanas?
Galapagos Islands are renowned as a teasure trove of endemic species and unique wildlife. Some animals you won’t find anywhere else in the world but on Archipelago of Galapagos are the odd yellow orange and brownish-red land iguana and the marine iguana of singular bizarre appearance, the Galapagos Tortoise reputed as the largest tortoises in the world and among the longest living vertebrates, the giant red throat pouch frigate bird, the bright blue-footed booby, 13 different species of Galapagos finch, the endemic flightless cormorant of Galapagos, other endemic creature is the Galapagos fur seal -and the smallest eared seal in the world-, the smallest penguin on earth and the only one in the world that lives north of the equator -yes, you guess its name is the Galapagos penguin-.
USEFUL FACTS TO DIVE GALAPAGOS
Diving in the Galapagos is not recommended for first-time divers. Recently noted in one diving magazine as one of the world's 10 most difficult recreational dive sites, many dive operators in the Galapagos take their clients on an easy initial dive to take note of their ability and let them orientate to the sometimes unexpected waters. Diving is often straightforward but the strong currents and the low visibility, surges and cold water they bring make for some demanding changes in the water.
Despite their position at the Equator, the waters surrounding the Galapagos Islands are cool. The Humboldt Current, coming south from deep upwelling, brings water as cold as 10°C / 50°F. This then mixes with the with five warmer currents and they create an average temperature of 18°C / 65°F year round with lows between June and November of 16°-24°C / 60°-75°F. The warm season, between about December and May, often has warmer waters of 21°-27°C / 70°-80°F.
June to November is known as the Whaleshark Season, because the number of whalesharks that you usually see diving in Galapagos get increase in this season notoriously.
The warm season -December to May-, also called the Manta Season, is also great for hammerheads, because the sharks tend to wall up, creating solid school of sharks. The hammerheads will be facing the current and slowly undulating their tails for keeping their positions.
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