Exploring the Galápagos Islands in the age of Covid-19

A tour of the fauna-rich islands offers a rare chance to discover the archipelago at its most abundant and serene.

Life in balance: human tales from the wild Galápagos Islands

Who lives on the Galápagos Islands? We meet the residents who have learned to coexist with the islands' rare and endangered wildlife.

Watch: Why an Orca Spins a Sea Turtle with Its 'Nose'

This orca may be “playing with its food,” as orcas often do, or it may be a rare glimpse at an elder male teaching younger orcas to hunt. The older male orca span the sea turtle with the front of its head, called a rostrum, then one of the two youths carried another sea turtle by its fin. Filmed off Isla Isabela in the Galápagos, the orcas were observed playing with the turtles for half an hour—then swimming off without eating them. Young orcas learn survival skills by watching their elders. Only a few animal species, including orcas, teach behaviour with step-by-step instructions. Orcas don’t often hunt sea turtles, but they are among the few animals with the jaw strength to break the turtles’ shells.

Galapagos: A world within itself

The Galapagos may be tiny, but this chain of volcanic islands — offering a glimpse into a world unaffected by human touch — was instrumental in the inception of Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection. Here we reveal five must-visit islands.

Garden of Eden

Darwin's On the Origin of Species put the Galapagos Islands on the map.

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