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14 unique animals of the Galapagos Islands

By: Bryan Nelson on Nov. 1, 2013, 4:20 p.m.
Galapagos fur seal

Photo: D. Gordon E. Robertson/Wiki Commons

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Galapagos fur seal

There are few endemic species of mammal in the Galapagos, but the Galapagos fur seal is one of the exceptions. They are the smallest eared seal in the world.

These creatures are also one of the most land-loving seals in the world, spending around 70 percent of their time out of the water. Their raucous, charismatic barks are a familiar sound to anyone who has ever visited the islands.