Marine Iguana – Rests on the volcanic rocks of the Galapagos coast

Marine Iguana - Rests on the volcanic rocks of the Galapagos coast

Marine Iguana – Rests on the volcanic rocks of the Galapagos coast.

The Galápagos Islands, belonging to Ecuador, are still one of the most unique ecosystems in the world. This is the only place on our planet where the marine iguana lives, the only lizard on earth that feeds in the sea (seaweed). Iguanas love to lie on volcanic rocks, where their bodies are wetted by the constantly splashing waves.

It is not without reason that they are accompanied by red rock crabs (Grapsus grapsus), common throughout the west coast of South America. As zoologists observed in the 1960s, there is a kind of symbiosis between these animals. Consisting in the fact that crabs clean the bodies of iguanas lounging on the rocks of ticks. For iguanas it is a rest combined with care, and for crabs – a tasty meal of blood-soaked insects.

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