A lavish photographic celebration that captures the fascinating behaviors of land and sea animals in the Gal pagos Islands
The Gal pagos Islands are home to an amazing variety of iconic creatures, from Giant Tortoises, Gal pagos Sea Lions, Gal pagos Penguins, and Ghost Crabs to Darwin's finches, the Blue-footed Booby, and Hummingbird Moths. But how precisely do these animals manage to survive on--and in the waters around--their desert-like volcanic islands, where fresh water is always scarce, food is often hard to come by, and finding a good mate is a challenge because animal populations are so small? In this stunning large-format book, Gal pagos experts Walter Perez and Michael Weisberg present an unprecedented photographic account of the remarkable survival behaviors of these beautiful and unique animals. With more than 200 detailed, close-up photographs, the book captures Gal pagos animals in action as they feed, play, fight, court, mate, build nests, give birth, raise their young, and cooperate and clash with other species.
Watch male Marine Iguanas fight over territory and females; see frigatebirds steal food and nesting materials from other birds; witness the courtship dance of a pair of Blue-footed Boobies; go underwater to glimpse a Gal pagos Sea Lion pup playing with its mother; and observe a baby Pacific Green Turtle enter the water for the first time. These and dozens of other unforgettable scenes are all vividly captured here--including many moments that even experienced Gal pagos observers may never be lucky enough to see in person.
Complete with a brief text that provides essential context, this book will be cherished by Gal pagos visitors and anyone else who wants to see incredible animals on the move.
Walter Perez is a photographer and naturalist who has been working in the Gal pagos for two decades. His award-winning photograph of a Great Frigatebird stealing nesting material from a Red-footed Booby, Battle of the Sticks, which is featured in this book, is on permanent display at the University of Connecticut's Stamford campus. He lives in Gal pagos, Ecuador. Michael Weisberg is a science educator, documentary filmmaker, and philosopher of science at the University of Pennsylvania, where he codirects the Gal pagos Education and Research Alliance, which conducts science, education, and conservation initiatives in the Gal pagos. He lives in Philadelphia.