5 Facts About Galapagos Moms (Sea Lions, Giant Tortoises, Penguins… )

Galapagos Islands Animals, Galapagos Marine Life

Mothers of the species Homo sapiens are very caring. They care for their young for 18 years or longer – making lunch, scolding, doing laundry, and clothing their young. They may even send the young to college or buy them a car.

What are mothers like in the Galapagos? Here we share a little about the mothers of some our favorite Galapagos species. Happy Mother´s Day!

11 Galapagos Facts About Moms

  1. Galapagos Sea Lions – A sea lion mother nurses her pups for 11 months. A mother and pup can recognize each others bark from the rest of the colony´s.
  2. Galapagos Giant Tortoises – A giant tortoise mom lays up to 16 eggs at once, and leaves them in the nest. In the wild, unfortunately the mother is not able to protect the eggs or young tortoises from being eaten by feral dogs, cats, and pigs introduced by humans. Giant tortoises are raised in conservation centers on several islands where the young are protected until they can fend for themselves.
  3. Blue-Footed Boobies  – A blue-footed booby will lay 2 to 3 eggs in a nest, and feed the hatchlings regurgitated fish. Unlike your mother, in the event of a food shortage, she will only feed the stronger chick, ensuring that at least one will survive.
  4. Flightless Cormorant – The females and males share incubation duties of newly hatched flightless cormorant chicks. Once the chicks are more independent, the female leaves the parenting duties to the male, while she leaves to find another mate. Females can breed up to 3 times in one year.
  5. Galapagos Penguin – Galapagos penguins are monogamous, and both the males and the females care for the young.

Mother and daughter sea lions

My mom and I snorkeling in the Galapagos

I am in the Galapagos with my mom right now, making this my favorite Mother’s Day celebration of all time!

Meet the Author

Lisa Cho is an expat living in Ecuador, originally from San Francisco, California. She writes about the Galapagos Islands on this site and about her mainland Ecuador adventures on CuencaCultureShock.com

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