You’re So Vain – Blue-Footed Booby
The famous Blue-footed booby of the Galapagos Islands checks out his cool feet. Yep, still blue!
The Blue-footed booby is one of the most unique-looking birds around, and one of the most iconic bits of wildlife in the Galapagos Islands. However, while often associated with the Galapagos, they are by no means endemic. They live all over the Pacific coast, from Baja California to South America. The blue feet are actually a “sexually selected trait,” which means that bluer feet increases their chances of finding a mate. So it’s possible that this guy’s comical pose is more than just falsely anthropomorphized vanity. Maybe he really is excited about how blue his feet are after all! (They were some of the bluest I saw on the island).
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