Saturday, September 8, 2012

Blue Iguanas


Blue Iguanas Shedd Aquarium

Blue Iguanas are the most endangered species of iguanas on Earth and fewer than 30 are left in the wild.

They are one of the largest lizards in the western hemisphere and can easily be recognized by their spiny crests and long, curved claws.

Blue Iguanas Shedd Aquarium



Here are some sites for Blue Iguana conservation:





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Taken at Shedd Aquarium, Chicago.


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106 comments:

  1. Interesting - I had no idea. I hope they can bring that number back up.

    He looks kind of prehistoric to me. Awesome photos!

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  2. For a moment I thought this was a review of last night's Dr Who, Dinosaurs on a Sapceship!

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    1. LOL. Good one, GK.

      Did you like 'The House of Silk'. Let me know.

      Cheers!

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  3. Awesome shot of iguanas ~ Excellent ~ (A Creative Harbor)

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  4. Oh my gosh, he looks so dragon-like! Love him... Thanks for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #47!

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  5. Wow, it certainly looks different. Cool

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  6. Very interesting iquanas. They look positively prehistoric!

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  7. No idea of these creatures. Hope that they are being well protected now.

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    1. Glad to have introduced you to these magnificent creatures :)

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  8. Wow! What an amazing creature. Hope they can build up their numbers!

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  9. Love it! Especially the relaxed look with closed eyes. Gereat shot!

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  10. Beautiful creature. Thank you for sharing at Your Sunday Best this week. :)

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  11. Thanks for sharing your blues. I look forward to your comment on my blog.

    Happy 1st Blue Monday, Buddy.

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  12. Awesome creature. It's sad that there are so few left in the wild.

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    1. Hope the species recovers from the current precarious situation...

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  13. He looks very fierce! Visiting from Blue Monday.

    Splash of BLUE
    Have a great week ahead.

    New Google follower here.

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  14. Calling by this evening from the NF inspiring Photography Meme, I would love to see him for real. :)

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  15. Iguanas fascinate me, but I had no idea about the endangerment of the blues. Thanks for the info.

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  16. Wow, they're beauties!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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    1. Yes, they are magnificent looking creatures.

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    1. Emille, Blue Iguanas are primarily herbivorous despite their fearsome looks!

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  18. Feel to be stronger than time itself. May life continue to treat them kind.

    daily athens photo

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  19. There are so few of them I wonder if they will survive over the next few years.

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  20. Whoa! never knew. Terrific pictures.

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  21. Beautiful blue creatures. Hope their numbers will increase.

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    1. Yes, let us hope the species survives and flourishes..

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  22. I've seen many iguanas on our travels, but never blue ones. Thanks for the introduction. I hope the species is able to be saved.

    Kay, Alberta, Canada

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    1. You are welcome, Kay. I too sincerely hope that the species be saved.

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  23. What a stunning creature he is. How sad that there are only a very few left in the world today considering they were here way before we were.

    Mollyxxx

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  24. What an amazing image! And you are so lucky to have been able to photograph it! Beautiful photo - i love the backdrop of those rocks too. Nice light. thank you for visiting:)

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  25. Very cool animal - but I have to admit that they freak me out a little..! :-D

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    1. Their reptilian looks can be deceiving. They are primarily herbivorous!

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  26. that is SO sad about its imminent demise...
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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    1. I do hope they will still make it out of their current dire situation...

      Thanks Roger for stopping by.

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  27. Quite a creepy creature but perfect for ABC Wednesday.
    Only 30 left...that's very sad. I wonder why so few.

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    1. Though they might look creepy, they are primarily herbivorous!

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  28. fewer than 30 in the wild?? that is so sad! i wonder why they're becoming extinct...are they being hunted as food, or is it their skin? will google it.:p

    @ at Wanda's comment.

    I is for...

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  29. How sad that they are endangered! They really are interesting looking - although I don't think I would like to come face to face with one in the wild! Thanks for linking to WWA today - great shots!

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  30. such a beautiful creature. i sure hope they will find a way to get them back on track. i know they got the bald eagle of the list.

    ok, i have to say this ... the kid in me says too!! ha. ha!! that dude is not blue .... grey in my opinion. ha. ha! (:

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    1. Thanks Elizabeth for the info about Bald Eagle. Always a pleasure to hear from a nature lover :)

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  31. Oh very, very cool creatures and great images shared~

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  32. Very cool photos of an intriguing creature.

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  33. Fewer than 30- wow!
    I haven't been to the Shedd in years!


    Have a great WW!
    POSH

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  34. Yearly my husband and I would visit the Shedd Aquarium but with his health problems we are unable to go now. I did not know that there are only 30 blue Iguanas left...NOT GOOD. What is it that we could do to help?
    Joyce M

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    1. Hi Joyce,

      Here are some sites for Blue Iguana conservation:

      1. http://www.wcs.org/news-and-features-main/blue-iguana-slideshow.aspx
      2. http://www.ircf.org/programs/grand-cayman-blue-iguana/grand-cayman-blue-iguana-conservation-plan/
      3. http://www.blueiguana.ky/

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  35. Beautiful shots. I hope they make a recovery...

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  36. That is a shockingly low number of these creatures left. It is hard to believe it would be allowed to happen.

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    1. Hard to believe, but quite true all the same :(

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  37. Stunning. And worth preserving
    Mormor

    http://www.starbear.no/mormor/2012/09/13/sa-liker-jeg-fortsatt-stoffer/

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  38. A very special and interesting creature!

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  39. less than 30 - that's a bit sad

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  40. wow..what amazing photos. 30?! oh no!

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  41. Wow - amazing shots of these beautiful creatures.

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  42. They are beautiful!

    Visiting from Camera Critters. Crows is my entry this week. Hope you'd come and see.

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