My Best Smile
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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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Hi Manyee, Another great picture of this creature. He is smiling at you I guess. His claws have long nails which can be deadly if attacked. Nice angle with great light. Everything is in details. Thank for sharing
- [2014-01-19 4:10]
Hi Manyee,very funny face to face with this small monster,the quality is absolutely great,impressive detail and perfect exposure.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Looks like smiling...
Nice capture.It's different colour!Good details.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice day tomorrow,