old Santa Fe Land Iguana is waiting patiently under a very tall, storm
damaged Opuntia for a leaf pad to drop. On Santa Fe the endemic land
iguanas can grow over five feet long. And in true Galapagos style the
Opuntia cactus, a favorite food of the land iguana, has responded by
growing tall and woody.
Every few years an El Nino
strikes, usually in December or January. The tradewinds reverse and the warm
Panama current dominates bringing huge storms. The food chain collapses
and widespread damage occurs as in 1997 and 1983. Santa Fe Island.