Six hundred miles off the coast of Ecuador the Galapagos Islands straddle the equator, a unique world of tortoises weighing up to 500 pounds, artic penguins, fun-loving seals, pink-flamingos and blue-footed bobbies. Everyone knows, of course, that it was this archipielago that provided Charles Darwin with the living laboratory that he used to develop his famous Theory of evolution in the 19th century.

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