WOD2014: Penguins and Cormorants

World Ocean Day 2014 from Galapagos Conservation Trust

Galapagos Penguin swimming in the waters along Bartolome Island, one of the filming locations of Master and Commander. Bartolome Island, Galapagos, Ecuador.  Photo taken January 2014.

Galapagos Penguin swimming in the waters along Bartolome Island, one of the filming locations of Master and Commander. Bartolome Island, Galapagos, Ecuador. Photo taken January 2014.

The wonderful thing about traveling is that it creates for you a connection with a new place. After having visiting the Galapagos in January 2014, I definitely pay more attention to the news about the islands. Galapagos Conservation Trust has been highlighting oceanic animals as they lead up to today, World Ocean Day.  I’m sharing a portion of their most recent post below.

The Galapagos penguin and flightless cormorant are both somewhat uncharacteristic when compared to their close relatives…  Penguin and cormorant populations now number just 2,000 individuals each and the species are currently classified as endangered and vulnerable respectively. With a range of threats, including predation by introduced species, avian disease, habitat loss and climate change, the management and conservation of the remaining individuals is now at a critical point.

via WOD2014: Penguins and Cormorants.  Please continue and read for yourselves.

Life’s Best Moments

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Left my camera at the hotel on this day of all days. I was so worried about running out of space on my card that I remembered the new card, but forgot the camera. This is one of only three shots I managed of the penguin, and with my phone no less. Imagine what Darwin could have accomplished with a smart phone.