Updated: Jul 13, 2021
Isla Isabela, Galapagos, Ecuador 🇪🇨
The blue-footed booby is a marine bird native to subtropical and tropical regions of the eastern Pacific Ocean. In addition to being one of the mascots of the Galapagos, it is one of six species known as boobies.
It is easily recognizable by its distinctive bright blue feet, which is a sexually selected trait. Males display their feet in an elaborate mating ritual by lifting them up and down while strutting before the female. The female is slightly larger than the male and can measure up to 90 cm (35 in) long with a wingspan up to 1.5 m (5 ft).
Nowadays, they're rare sight thanks to the rampant hunting that occurred back in the '60s. A US study has shown that there are only 6.400 of them left in the wild. That makes this captivating picture that much more appealing.
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