Lonely George, the last of his kind despite attempts to help him meet eligible ladies. Sadly, the resulting eggs have not led to new tortoises.
Travel Dates 15th-19th April 2010.
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As I understand it a tortoise lives on land and a turtle lives in the water - but it can get confusing. I'll stick to that definition for the moment until someone corrects me. There are both on the Galapagos - land tortoises and sea turtles - and they are both huge.
One of the things that alerted Darwin to the possibility of natural selection was the variation in the species of tortoises on different islands; including obvious variations such as size but also other variations like the shape of shells or the patterns on them.
Just a few pictures. First some land tortoises, including babies in the nursery at the Darwin research Centre.
And some at sea...
As a 63yo, as I watched lonely George I could not help thinking of the intro to one of my favourite British sit-coms: One foot in the grave.
During this trip I have occasionally entered my Victor Meldrew persona when dealing with hoteliers...