Galapagos | Funny animal dances in the Galapagos Islands

Funny animal dances in the Galapagos Islands


Dancing is the great human leveler. Almost every human society on the planet, from isolated Amazonian tribes to your local disco on a Friday night, exhibits the signs of the mating and fun ritual elements of dance.

So, should we be so surprised that some of our animal companions love to get their groove on too? After all, we’re really not that different when it comes down to our basic needs. We all need shelter, a regular food source, security from predators and a desire to mate.

Here in the Galapagos Islands, there are a number of examples of animals shaking their tail feathers. One of the islands’ most famous and well-loved inhabitants is famed for its dancing rituals. The blue-footed booby is almost a cartoon character in the avian world, thanks to its colorful and distinctive blue feet, inquisitive nature and high-stepping mating dance.

Seeing the dance in action during the breeding season, which runs from June to November, is quite something. Although the bad news is that numbers seem to be in decline, thanks largely to a shortage of sardine numbers in the water (something environmentalists are at a loss to explain). Breeding pair numbers have been in steady decline since the mid-90s, so seeing them on Galapagos tours is becoming a rare event.

Take a look of these tour programs:

1. Galapagos Cruise Itinerary: Amazing Nine Days East & Central Islands Boat Journey
2. Cusco Tour: Cusco and Sacred Valley Tour
3. Inca Trails Tour: The Incas Trail Tour
4. Amazon River Cuise in Ecuador:  Amazon River Cruise Journey
5. Galapagos & Machu Picchu Tour: Galapagos & Machu Picchu 12 Days Voyage


Andre Robles
Andre Robles
Andre Robles is an expert in everything South America, his passion for the region and exploring off the beaten path makes his travel writing both useful and interesting. He has written for several mainstream publications and you can read his guides on Ecuador, Peru, the Galapagos Islands and the Amazon. Andre is also an accomplished photographer and has been recognized as one of the best wildlife photographers in the region, his photos have been featured in National Geographic and other journals. As a travel agent Andre specializes in curating unique experiences, crafting tailor made itineraries and helping visitors make the best of their vacation, always putting the experience first
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