The majestic lizard is nicknamed “Godzilla” because of its swift movement and scale equal to that of marine life, and is captured in a clear picture of the seabed looking for food. You can see it on lunch foraging around, and then swim to the surface to breathe almost like a human.
Massive lizard filmed off coast of the Galapagos Islands looking for food.Can be seen digging its nose into the sea bed before swimming up for air.Moves through the water using its tail and is the same size as a human.
Fun Facts About Marine Iguanas
1. Marine iguanas are endemic to the Galapagos Islands and are the only marine lizard species in the world.
2. Marine iguanas can dive more than 65 feet (20 m) underwater.1
3. Unlike land lizards, marine iguanas have blunt snouts that help them feed on algae underwater. They also have flattened tails that help them swim efficiently.
4. Marine iguanas typically spend only a few minutes underwater eating but can spend up to 30 minutes at a time submerged.
5. Male marine iguanas can grow to 4.3 feet (1.3 m) long, while females are generally about 2 feet (0.6 m) long.2
6. Marine iguanas “sneeze out” excess salt their body collects while underwater through a nasal gland.3
7. It is believed that around 4.5 million years ago, marine iguanas evolved from land iguanas that were brought to the Galapagos and adapted to a sea-faring life in order to survive on the islands.4