Marine iguanas on lava rock at Espinoza Point on Fernandina Island.

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Punta Espinoza

The Galápagos Islands

Just across Canal Bolívar, Punta Espinoza houses marine iguanas (too many to count), which can be seen sunning themselves on the black lava formations – a dramatic sight that looks like a museum diorama on dinosaurs come to life. Flightless cormorants nest nearby and Galápagos penguins, turtles and sea lions can be seen frolicking in a fine display of multi-species tolerance in the nearby lagoon.

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