By Rebecca Hogue Wojahn
Welcome to the Gal?pagos Islands! As you stick with a course during the black lava rock on one of many islands, you could listen the ocean lions barking or the hum of a white-lined sphinx moth flying earlier your head. The Gal?pagos Islands are lively, from a big tortoise trudging towards a cactus patch to a Gal?pagos barn owl gliding within the air, able to clutch up a Santa Fe rice rat. Day and evening within the Gal?pagos Islands, the quest is directly to locate foodstuff - and to prevent turning into a person else's subsequent meal. all of the residing issues are attached to each other in a nutrition chain, from animal to animal, animal to plant, plant to insect, and bug to animal. What course will you are taking to stick to the meals chain in the course of the islands? Will you . . . cross fishing with a blue-footed booby? Snack on a few crabs with a Gal?pagos sea lion? Dive less than the reef looking for algae with a marine iguana? stick with all 3 chains and plenty of extra in this who-eats-what event!
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But it did get ered animals of the islands. about how to better protect endang 55 Opuntia Cactus (Opuntia) 56 All opuntia cactuses have wide, flat pads with long thorns on them. But that’s about all they have in common on the Galápagos Islands. There are six different kinds on the islands, and like many other species, this plant has evolved into many different sizes and shapes. Some grow as tall trees, keeping their pads safe from munching, crunching tortoises and lizards. Others grow wide as shrubs to soak in more sun.
They becom lum get babysitting sea they and even paralyzed. In the end, ak we lion hurries the m starvation because they can’t swi of die youngsters out of this new to eat. Scientists aren’t sure how the water. ns e began. But luckily, they see sig eas dis The bull sea g the that some sea lions are developin lion splashes ability to fight off the disease. toward the shark. The bull sea lion, at 700 pounds (318 kilograms), is 45 the biggest animal on the islands. And this is a small shark. It quickly gives up and swims off in search of an easier meal.