marine iguana


: a shore-dwelling seaweed-eating iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) of the Galápagos Islands that often feeds in the sea

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Recent Examples on the Web Highlights include the Galápagos giant tortoise, marine iguana, and blue-footed booby. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 14 Feb. 2024 Throughout each itinerary will be ample opportunities for snorkeling, kayaking, and hiking with expert guides, not to mention wildlife viewing of some of the islands' most famous inhabitants, including blue-footed boobies, marine iguanas, and sea lions. Stefanie Waldek, Travel + Leisure, 14 Feb. 2024 Read More: Galápagos Tortoises Make a Comeback The islands also are home to numerous other plants and animals: penguins, marine iguanas and several species of birds, including those known collectively as Darwin’s finches. Stephen C. George, Discover Magazine, 22 May 2023 Despite such adaptations, however, marine iguana populations are vulnerable. Katherine Harmon Courage, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Feb. 2023 MacLeod is encouraged by the thriving marine iguana populations on Fernandina, the westernmost of the main Galápagos islands, where human impact is minimal and the waters produce ample fodder for these elegant swimmers. Katherine Harmon Courage, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Feb. 2023 How To Help: Adopt a marine iguana from the World Wildlife Fund. Courtney Linder, Gloria Dawson, Dan Shapley, Popular Mechanics, 5 Jan. 2023 Alongside the pink iguanas, the Galápagos are home to various other species that only exist in the region, such as the giant Galápagos tortoise, the Galápagos penguin and the marine iguana. Jacquelyne Germain, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Dec. 2022 The Galápagos Islands are home to multiple species that can't be found anywhere on earth, including the giant Galápagos tortoise, the marine iguana and the Galápagos penguin. Saleen Martin, USA TODAY, 22 Dec. 2022

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1924, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of marine iguana was in 1924

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“Marine iguana.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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