Marine Iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus)
Bachas Beach. North Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos Islands
ECUADOR. South America
ENDEMIC TO THE ISLANDS
The iguana was crossing the beach between the ocean and the lagoon
These are the only true marine lizard in the world. Although not truely social they are highly gregarious, often spending cool nights in tight clusters. As the sun rizes they can be seen sunning themselves on the rocks to heat up before going into the sea to feed. Their black coloration helps them to absorb the sun's energy and to camourflage on the lava rocks.