Google's Street View Cams Capture Galapagos Islands' Magical Giant Tortoises

By Gary Cutlack on at

It's probably not that hard to take photographs of giant tortoises, seeing as they sort of sit there munching all day, but still. It's easier to look at them through Street View than it is to get to the Galapagos islands, so here they are, on your computer, thanks to Google.

The newest addition to Google's roving Street View series, captured with its trekker backpack system, mostly covers the largest Galapagos island of San Cristobal. While not as rural and untouched as some of the other spots in the remote archipelago, it's home to the giant turtle breeding facilities, so there's an exciting chance you may stumble across actual hardcore imagery of mating tortoises while browsing the pics.

Google's cameras also went underwater and had a trip around neighbouring Isabela Island, home to iguanas and such delights as blue-footed boobies. It also made a film of its little capturing holiday. [Google]