The Galapagos Islands are known worldwide for their biodiversity and for being the point from where Charles Darwin developed the theory of evolution. We present 5 curious facts you may not have known about the Enchanted Islands.
- The term “Enchanted Islands” first appeared on a map in 1589. The navigators nicknamed like this the Galapagos Islands, referring to the fact that these “appeared and disappeared”, because due the strong sea currents, access to islands was limited at certain times of the year. Today it is still said that the Islands are “enchanted”, but now referring to its great biodiversity of flora and fauna.
- The marine iguana of the Galapagos, is the only reptile in the world that has managed to adapt to life underwater.
- The islands are named after the giant tortoises that live there (the word “galapago” means tortoise). This species can sleep up to 16 hours a day and feeds mainly on the cactus that grow there.
- Originally, there were 15 species of giant tortoises in the Galapagos, unfortunately 5 of them are totally extinct. The main threat of the turtles is the human being, who for years has been dedicated to hunt them to obtain their meat and oil.
- The Galapagos Islands were part of the Second World War! During this war, the Government of Ecuador allowed the Government of the United States to build in the Islands a landing strip for strategic purposes. When the war ended, the Americans left. Currently, this track acts as the main airport of the Islands, which receives thousands of passengers per year.
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