When we stepped onto the sand beach, the warm summer sun and turquoise water gave us the feeling of a tropical paradise in the Galapagos Islands. Things are not always as they seem on the island of Fernandina. As we walked further across the lava rocks, we saw images reminiscent of a horror film crossed with a “Mad Max” movie.
The important thing to know if you’re a creature on Fernandina Island is that while you are on the lookout for something to eat, something is waiting to eat you.
Galapagos hawks sat on low trees keeping a watchful eye for prey. One of their favorite foods is the marine iguana. With their sharp talons, they strangle their prey and eat the highest protein parts of the lizard – the tongue and eyes. The rest is left for other scavengers.
At least in the water they would be safe from the Galapagos hawks.