Living Tank
Living Tank

Pinta Island Giant Land Tortoises (Chelonoidis nigra) are endemic to the Galapagos Islands. They are a very special animal, that immediately brings to mind the type of fauna that roamed the Earth in past eras. Big, heavy (up to 400kg), slow, and very, very long-living: some individuals are known to have lived up to 170 years. Note: the individual in the image, Lonesome George, died in 2012.

La tortuga gigante de Pinta (Chelonoidis nigra) es una especie endémica de las Galapagos. Un animal realmente especial, que inmediatamente hace pensar en la fauna que habitó nuestra planeta en eras pasadas. Grandes, pesadas (hasta 400kg), lentas y extremadamente longevas (ciertos individuos han vivido hasta 170 años). Nota: el animal de la foto, el Solitario Jorge, murió en 2012.

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Nikon D2X, Nikkor 500mm F4, beanbag
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Date: 13/10/2008

Location: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Photographer: Arturo de Frias

Living Tank

Pinta Island Giant Land Tortoises (Chelonoidis nigra) are endemic to the Galapagos Islands. They are a very special animal, that immediately brings to mind the type of fauna that roamed the Earth in past eras. Big, heavy (up to 400kg), slow, and very, very long-living: some individuals are known to have lived up to 170 years. Note: the individual in the image, Lonesome George, died in 2012.

La tortuga gigante de Pinta (Chelonoidis nigra) es una especie endémica de las Galapagos. Un animal realmente especial, que inmediatamente hace pensar en la fauna que habitó nuestra planeta en eras pasadas. Grandes, pesadas (hasta 400kg), lentas y extremadamente longevas (ciertos individuos han vivido hasta 170 años). Nota: el animal de la foto, el Solitario Jorge, murió en 2012.

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Nikon D2X, Nikkor 500mm F4, beanbag
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Date: 13/10/2008

Location: Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Photographer: Arturo de Frias