First, to put your minds at ease, these impressive looking reptiles are herbivores. Just in case you were planning a trip to the Galapagos Islands, because it is the only place you will find one. This marine iguana was minding its own business foraging for food and occasionally returning to the surface for air just off the north coast of Isabela Island in the Galápagos. Fortunately Steve Winkworth was their to film it.
Marine Iguanas have an impressive ability to dive up to 25 meters on a single breath. This allows them to snack on their favourite cuisine – salty seaweed.
Here’s the breakdown from National Geographic:
Type:Reptile / Diet:Herbivore / Average life span in the wild:5 to 12 years / Size:4 to 5 ft (1.2 to 1.5 m) / Weight:1 to 3.3 lbs (.5 to 1.5 kg) / Did you know? Marine iguanas sneeze frequently to expel salt from glands near their noses. The salt often lands on their heads, giving them a distinctive white wig. / Relative:Size relative to a 6-ft (2-m) man