Tuesday, May 23, 2006

BLUE FOOTED BOOBIES - Cruisin' the Galapagos

Douglas Adams mentioned the Blue-Footed Booby in a hilarious lecture he gave on the Kakapo mating segment of "Last Chance To See". You can hear the MP3 audio of this bit of his lecture on Steffan's Fun Stuff page.

In addition, here's the Wikipedia page on Blue Footed Boobies.

Vancouver's 24 Hours website has an article on vacation cruises to the Galapagos Islands, and also includes mention of the Blue Footed Booby.
Named for the giant tortoises that are endemic to this island chain, the Galapagos were discovered quite by accident in 1535. But the islands were not really put on the world map until Charles Darwin visited them in 1835. He stayed there for five weeks, studying the wildlife and gathering evidence that proved invaluable to his theory of evolution.

Formed a mere five million years ago when underwater volcanoes erupted above the ocean's surface, the isolated terrain, altitude and sunny, warm climate have made the islands a perfect sanctuary for some 58 unique species of birds - including the rare blue-footed booby - as well as sea lions, penguins, iguanas and the gigantic tortoise, which can live up to 180 years.