Galapagos Sea Robin
The remarkable fish that "walks" along the seabed!
Information about Galapagos Sea Robin
Native to the Galápagos is the curious Sea Robin. This bottom-dwelling fish can grow to around 12in (30cm) long. Its habitat is the sandy and rocky seabed at depths of 60-100ft (20-30m) although it has been known to frequent shallower waters.
The Sea Robin is distinctive by its unusual solid skull, as well as its long pectoral fins that extend down to the anal fin and open out when swimming. An additional feature of note is their six finger-like structures (3 on each side) which were once part of the pectoral fin and these are used for skimming along on the seabed helping them to look for their next prey!
When trying to spot a Sea Robin look out for its reddish colourings, with brightly edged pectoral fins that are visible as they skirt along the bottom of the sea.
Sea Robins are also very vocal, and if you listen carefully, you may even hear the beat of its drumming muscle against its swim bladder as it moves through the water. Furthermore, if the Sea Robin is captured, you might mistake it for a frog as it emits a croaking noise to signal its distress.
If you book a Galápagos diving cruise you will have an excellent chance of spotting this unusual fish in its natural habitat. Galapatours dive crews are the best in the islands, and your naturalist dive guide and dive master know all the best dive sites to ensure you have an unrivalled Galápagos diving experience.
Interesting facts about Galapagos Sea Robin
Endemic to the Galápagos
While swimming these fish appear to be gliding over the seabed
Sea Robins are very vocal - they can even make a croaking noise!
Sea Robins are also known as Gurnards
Pictures of Galapagos Sea Robin
Highlights where the Galapagos Sea Robin can be seen
Champion Islet is considered one of the best snorkeling sites in the entire archipelago. This small island was originally named after a famous whaler, Andrew Champion, and in its beautiful waters you can see Galápagos Sea Lions, Green Turtles, Hammerheads, Rays, and many colorful reef fish.
Champion Islet isn't only for those who seek out marine life. On shore you can find Galápagos Penguins, Blue-Footed Boobies and Frigatebirds to name but a few. One very special resident is the Floreana Mockingbird. This species is extremely rare, with only an estimated 100 individuals left - of which only 30-40 of them are left on this island. It is unknown how much longer this fragile species can survive.
Cormorant Point is on the northern tip of Floreana, and you'll land on a beach that sits between two volcanic cones. The sand on one of the beaches here has a noticeably olive-green color. This is due to a much higher than usual concentration of olivine crystals in the sand. Another beach is made up mainly of coral sand and is almost a brilliant white in comparison.
This Galápagos site has a large lagoon which is favored by flamingos, their pink coloring contrasting with the green sand. There is some good snorkeling here, and you can often spot rays in the shallows. There is a one mile hike available that takes you to higher ground and provides great views over the lagoon, and to both beaches on either side of the Point.
Vicente Rock Point
Galapatours clients regularly rate Vicente Rock Point as one of the best snorkeling and SCUBA diving sites in Galápagos, or perhaps even in the world! There is no landing here, and snorkeling is done directly from the boats. The scenery around the Point is stunning - the remains of two ancient volcanoes made this formation, and the cliffs and caves around the bay provide an amazing backdrop.
The bay is well sheltered from ocean swells, making it ideal for snorkelers of any experience. The cold-water currents bring a rich stock of food to these waters, and the bay around Vicente Rock Point is often home to feeding frenzies, with groups of whales, dolphins, Galápagos Sea Lions, tuna, Blue-footed Boobies and other marine birds all feeding together, making for spectacular sights.
Many boats also take visitors on a panga ride along the shore, offering the chance to explore some of the caves and to encounter some of the other species such as Galápagos Flightless Cormorants and a small colony of Galápagos Fur Seals.