Marine Iguana
Amblyrhynchus cristatus
The Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) is only found on the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador. This animal is highly specialized and lives on volcanic rock and sandy beaches of the islands. As the name implies, it swims freely in the cold ocean waters. The first 10 shots here just show a small collection of images of this reptile taken in July, 2003 on various islands in the Galapagos. All shots were with a Canon EOS 10D and EF 70-200mm F/2.8 L IS lens. These iguana can be differently colored from one island to another, but are mainly gray. They are larger on some islands than others as well. The 2nd shot shows a large group of iguanas basking in the sun on the dark lava rock; look closely in the bottom half of the image and you should see these guys. Shots below show various groups of iguanas, some close-ups of individuals, details of a rear foot and one shot shows a Lava Lizard (Microlophus spp.) resting on the head of a Marine Iguana.
The next 10 images were taken on the Galapagos in July, 2007, with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 100-400mm F/4.5-5.6 L IS lens.
The Marine Iguanas in the shot shown here were resting on a cliff face in the morning sun.
The Marine Iguana in the 4 shots shown here was feeding on some green plant life on the rocks at the edge of the sea at low tide.
The next nine images of Marine Iguanas were taken on various Islands in the Galapagos in August, 2010. All these next nine shots were taken with a Canon EOS 1D Mark IV and a Sigma 50-500mm lens.
The distinctive track of a Marine Iguana's tail in the sand.