Rust-Colored Marine Iguana Close-up

Close-up of Marine Iguana

I had noticed that most of the Land Iguanas we encountered were on the move. Capturing up close photographs was, therefore, challenging.

I considered that knowledge as I approached my first few Marine Iguanas. I took my first photos from a distance and slowly moved closer to reveal more details of these incredible creatures.

I have since learned that they can lose up to 50° of body temperature while in the water. Therefore, they are too cold to move fast while basking in the sun.

This image reveals the detail of the spines that run the length of the body along the back. I also found the textured appearance of the skin interesting. This animal spends most of its time in the water.

I cannot help but wonder why there is so much texture and the appearance of excess skin. The only explanation I can come up with is that the Marine Iguana can remain submerged for a very long time, so they may expand their bodies as they over-inflate their lungs. This is a guess on my part, but it is supported by the knowledge that Marine Iguanas can hold their breath for 30 – 40 minutes while submerged for up to an hour.

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