Galapagos Penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus)

Very strange to see penguins in the tropics! Galápagos penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus) is not abundant and I saw no real colonies, but like here on the west side of Isabela I saw some clusters of individuals.

This one appears to be the parent of a near fully grown chick.

They are on a ledge with sheer cliffs above and pounding waves below, so it was a safe place from introduced and native predators. I wonder how the crabs interact with the penguis, as they were everywhere, and can be seen surrounding the penguins on this photo.

The Galapagos Penguin is endangered, and as it’s a slow breeder, setbacks to the population can be very severe in strong El Niño years.

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Last updated on 30 June 2024