Throught social media, has gone viral the shocking record of photographer Shelton Dupreez, who had an encounter with a large marine iguana that is very difficult to find and apparently reminded him of a popular science fiction character.
“Marine iguanas are living mini Godzilla dinosaurs. Dupreez filmed this in the Galapagos Islands, one of the only places in the world where you can dive with them as they swim up to 20 meters deep to feed on algae on the rocks. It is a unique experience to look up and see dozens of large lizards swimming towards you! “, wrote the SEA page when sharing the images captured by the professional in the waters of the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador).
“The only place in the world where you can dive with these prehistoric creatures. One of the icons of Galapagos, the marine iguana swimming to feed on a very specific type of algae “, Dupreez wrote for his part when sharing an image of the animal.
The marine iguana is a scaly reptile species and the only species of its genus. It is the only modern lizard that depends on the marine environment, feeding almost exclusively on seaweed. It is capable of swimming in the sea to feed itself, but this activity is only carried out by adult males since they are larger. Females and young feed when the tide goes out and the algae are exposed.
It is known that males can reach 1.3 m in length, while females 0.6 m.