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14 unique animals of the Galapagos Islands

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Waved albatross

The largest bird found on the Galapagos is the waved albatross. It's also the only species of albatross found entirely in the tropics. Though the species soars over long distances, it breeds exclusively on the Galapagos Islands.

These beautiful birds mate for life, and have one of nature's more charming mating rituals. They clack their beaks together in rapid circles, almost like a clumsy form of kissing. Between “kisses,” they raise their bills skyward and let out a "whooo-ooo" call.