Sep 29

Thirteen ocean creatures have surfaced all around Bristol’s BS5 postcode, snapped by some of the world’s very best wildlife photographers. To prove how turtle-y awesome they all are, we’ve created blogs on all of the featured species sharing ten epic facts about them! Sail your way around the exhibition by downloading your very own map and guide.

1) Marine iguanas are only found on the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, and are the only marine lizards on Earth.

2) Despite looking like a miniature dinosaur with razor-sharp teeth, the marine iguana is actually a gentle herbivore.

3) Charles Darwin described them as “hideous-looking” and “most disgusting, clumsy lizards”.  Pretty judgmental for hairless bearded ape sailing a boat.

4) When it eats, it swallows saltwater and will sneeze numerous times to get rid of the salt.

5) It can dive to 20m, deeper than most SCUBA divers go!

6) Male marine iguanas sometimes swim between islands to mate, which explains why there is just one species of marine iguana compared with the variety of other Galapagos creatures who remain on their own island throughout their whole life.

7) The female marine iguana is only able to mate for just three weeks per year.

8) A cold-blooded reptile, it must lay around in the sun all day to warm itself up. It needs the sun’s warmth to keep its body temperature up, helping it to digest food.

9) Marine iguanas are normally black or dark grey which helps them absorb the heat from the sun.

10) Marine iguanas love mockingbirds because they hate Galapagos hawks – a predator of iguanas. When Galapagos hawks are on the hunt, mockingbirds let out a distinctive cry, alerting the iguanas to their whereabouts. The enemy of my enemy is my friend!

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