Galapagos – The flightless cormorant

21 October, 2022
Updated 23 November, 2023

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Rapid climate change vs evolution.

The Galapagos cormorant has evolved to thrive in an environment where they can feed near the coast outside the islands where they live. Their wings have shrunk to a third of the size needed for flight and they have become very efficient swimmers. Rapid climate change threatens to disrupt the cold currents that bring nutrient-rich water so close to their remote island home. It is now possible that the millions of years of evolution that have made them so successful in this specific environment will put them at a life-threatening disadvantage.

Reportage: Simon Stanford
Photo: Simon Stanford
Underwater photo: Johan Candert, Göran Ehlmé
Editor: Helena Fredriksson

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