Galapagos Wildlife in July
July is a major month for mating and breeding and the Humboldt current strengthens from the South seas making micronutrients more plentiful and marine life is more active. It’s an excellent month for snorkelling and SCUBA diving. More dolphins and whales can be seen, especially off the western slopes of Isabela and east of Fernandina Island.
Waved albatross (Phoebastria irrorata)
Albatrosses are nesting. Their eggs were laid between April and June and incubated for two months. Upon hatching, the chicks congregate in small nurseries while the parents go out to the sea for hunting. When the parents return, they may feed the chicks up to 2 kg (4.4 lb) of oil.
Magnificent Frigatebirds (Fregata magnificens) and Great Frigatebirds (Fregata minor)
Are nesting in June (year-round on North Seymour only). Frigatebirds are big time kleptomaniacs throughout this process, as they frequently steal twigs from the nests of red-footed boobies and even other frigatebird couples.
Galapagos sea lion (Zalophus wollebaeki)
It’s breeding season (May–January) and the males get aggressive chasing away competing males and accumulating harems. Don’t get too close to the males, they have been known to chase after camera wielding tourists, and they’re much faster than they seem!
The Pengins are nesting from May to January, within 50 meters of the shoreline mostly in areas where the colder waters prevail, normally between Isabela and Fernandina islands. Galapagos Penguins are the only penguins located in the Northern hemisphere. They choose a mate for life and their eggs are kept out of sun, and as a result egg holes are frequently found in caves or crevices. Egg caring duties are shared over the hatching period of five weeks. One parent always stays with the eggs and the other goes off to feed.
Blue-footed boobies (Sula nebouxii)
The blue-footed boobies are nesting and with luck you’ll be able to see all four life stages: eggs, chicks, juveniles and adults.