Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Galapagos Animals - Video

In this post, we figured we’d try doing a video post.  We did several classroom presentations during our 2-week break in Minnesota, and in those presentations we talked a lot about the Galapagos.  So we’re using some of the material we developed and turning this post into a video (it is about 9 1/2 minutes long).

If you like this format, please let us know!

If you want to see our best Galapagos photos, click here to get to our Galapagos photo album.  You can also get to it on the Photos page of our blogs.

Here are some other links that are mentioned in the video:

Blue-footed Booby Mating Dance (this is not our video)
Frigate Birds chasing Red-billed Tropicbirds (also not our video)

Study Guide Questions

1. Why don’t animals in the Galapagos have a fear of humans?

2. At what speed can blue-footed boobies hit the water while fishing?

3. How do blue-footed boobies prevent their wings from being harmed when they hit the water while fishing?

4. How do frigate birds get fish to eat?

5. What is the difference between a male and female frigate bird?

6. How do the long tail feathers on a red-billed tropic bird help it to evade frigate birds?

7. How can Galapagos Penguins survive as far north as the Galapagos?

8. What is El NiƱo?

9. Marine Iguanas are endemic to the Galapagos.  This means that (select one):

      a. They used to be found in the Galapagos, but are now gone.
      b. They are found in the Galapagos AND all over the world.
      c. They are found only in the Galapagos.
      d. They like to eat eggs.

10. Galapagos Tortoises can live to be (select one):

      a. Over 100 years old
      b. Never more than 100 years old
      c. Over 500 years old
      d. Less than 50 years old

11. Why did sailors and pirates like to use tortoises for food?

12. How does temperature determine whether a tortoise egg hatches into a male or female?


  1. Happy holidays Kraft Family! We loved your video and are in awe of your adventure. We learned so much! Wish we could join you! Audrey, Rob, Amanda and Jake

  2. Excellent video! Do more of them, when you can make the time. I learned a lot about the fascinating Galapagos Islands.

  3. The Mocarsky FamilyJanuary 2, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    We are following your family as we homeschool our children. We really like the video format and the photo albums.
    The Mocarsky Family


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