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The most unusual member of the iguana family is the marine iguana. It is the only lizard that is marine and dives for its food which is algae. The dark coloring is thought to be an adaptation to their diving since they are cold-blooded and must bask in the sun to warm themselves. They are seen mostly on the dark rocky shores and at first I didn't see a colony that we past in the boat. This fellow, however, was very accommodating, sitting on a light-colored rock so he stood out for this photo! The white on his face is salt which is excreted from nasal glands. This species is endemic to the Galapagos Islands. All proceeds from photos of Galapagos Island animals will be donated to the Charles Darwin Foundation which functions to study and protects these and other endemic species.
February 4th, 2012
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