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Marine Iguanas

Marine Iguanas
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Copyright: Manyee Desandies (manyee) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-12-11
Categories: Reptiles
Camera: Canon Powershot SX230IS
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Galapagos Islands
Date Submitted: 2014-01-16 14:06
Viewed: 1891
Points: 8
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Amblyrhynchus cristatus

Scientists figure that land-dwelling iguanas from South America must have drifted out to sea millions of years ago on logs or other debris, eventually landing on the Galápagos. From that species emerged marine iguanas, which spread to nearly all the islands of the archipelago. Each island hosts marine iguanas of unique size, shape and color.

They look fierce, but are actually gentle herbivores, surviving exclusively on underwater algae and seaweed. Their short, blunt snouts and small, razor-sharp teeth help them scrape the algae off rocks, and their laterally flattened tails let them move crocodile-like through the water. Their claws are long and sharp for clinging to rocks on shore or underwater in heavy currents. They have dark gray coloring to better absorb sunlight after their forays into the frigid Galápagos waters. And they even have special glands that clean their blood of extra salt, which they ingest while feeding. They sneeze frequently to expel salt from glands near their noses. The salt often lands on their heads, giving them a distinctive white wig.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-01-16 14:50]

Hi Manyee,the small iguana is a bit blurred,but the detail on the big in background are truly fantastic,a new specie from this paradise,very interesting,i like it! Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

Hi Manyee
照的清晰 很漂亮的動物
身上的顏色鮮豔 也很新奇
整體照的都很清楚 動作悠閒自然 很好看
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Hello Mr.Manyee,
Beautiful presentation of this Iguanas.Nice natural colour and details.I like their pose.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Hi Manyee, Nice presentation of these creatures. They look very scary but cute at the same time. Nice light and colours. Great details. I enjoy it. Thank very much

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