Photo by Cristina Mittermeier Mitty / The natural beauty of the Galápagos Islands is so profound it marks even the smallest creatures that carve out a living on the archipelago's rocky shores. The entire ecosystem thrives on the cohabitation of thousands of different species, and it's this breathtaking biodiversity that captured the imagination of some of history's greatest minds in the quest to reveal the secrets of life itself. Today the island chain and its inhabitants, from sea lions to Sally lightfoot crabs, are more vulnerable than ever. But we can still work to preserve the wondrous animals that call the Galápagos home and protect the secrets of life on Earth that we have yet to unlock. Follow me Mitty as I work with my team SeaLegacy to restore our ocean’s critical ecosystems and find solutions to challenges like overfishing and climate change.

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