Map of the Galapagos Archipelago Map of the Galapagos Archipelago showing our cruise route in red and our dive trip in yellow. Except for the Flightless Cormorant we saw all of the major species. All of the islands are volcanic and isolated. The ancestors of today's plants and animals arrived 9 million years ago on islands nearby that have now eroded into the Pacific. Gradually some species evolved to take advantage of their surroundings.
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