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Which Galapagos animal are you?

Here the answers to the quiz!

We hope you liked our quiz! Here are the answers:

Galapagos Giant Tortoise

MAJORITY OF ANSWERS A: THE GALAPAGOS GIANT TORTOISE

The Galapagos giant tortoise likes to take its time, and has time enough to do so. It moves at a speed of just 0.26 kilometers an hour—much slower than humans, who average 4.5 kilometers. Solitary creatures, they prefer to spend their time napping, sleeping for two-thirds of every day while soaking up the sun. They do not eat a lot, and can live up to a year without food or water due to their slow metabolism. The Galapagos giant tortoise has one of the longest life spans of any creature, averaging over 100 years, with several living past 150 years old. The oldest known tortoise lived to 176, and was believed to have been present when Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands in 1835; she died in 2006.

Blue-Footed Booby

MAJORITY OF ANSWERS B: THE BLUE-FOOTED BOOBY

The blue-footed booby got its name for its distinctive blue feet and for its unusual walk. The Spanish word “bobo” means stupid, and that was how explorers saw the clumsy way this bird waddled along the ground. The blue-footed booby knows no shame, however; they strut around, and like to display their brightly colored feet, especially to potential mates. Once matched, blue-footed boobies are a power couple, and remain mostly monogamous as they work together to raise children. They love all kinds of fish, from sardines to mackerel to flying fish, and can dive in the water in order to bring back food to the nest. While they survive in the hot Galapagos weather, they are prone to overheating and lower their body temperature by opening their mouths and vibrating their necks. This gives the already somewhat buffoonish blue-footed booby another silly characteristic, as they appear to be laughing when they’re just trying to keep their cool.

Galapagos Sharks

MAJORITY OF ANSWERS C: THE HAMMERHEAD SHARK

Hammerhead sharks like to hang out in shallow waters, close to the shore, enough that they’ve been known to get tans, turning from light brown to near-black. They can also go quite deep down, as much as 300 meters as they chase their prey. Hammerhead sharks are unique for the way they travel in large schools, with up to 100 of them swimming together at once. They are also the only omnivorous species of shark, known to eat seagrass as well as fish, stingrays, squid, and crustaceans. Of course, what makes this shark so distinctive is its oddly shaped head. The eyes that rest on either side of its hammerhead can give it 360° vision, allowing it to see both above and below at the same time.


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