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The Marine Iguana is a Terrifying Creature

Meet the terrible marine iguana

Summer’s just around the corner, but you may think twice about swimming in the ocean after witnessing the terrifying marine iguana. It’s the only lizard in the world that forages in the sea. It can grow as large as six-feet long and it dives up to thirty feet below the surface to look for food. Its blunt face looks like the beast from Cloverfield, and Charles Darwin once described the creature as, “Black as the porous rocks over which they crawl and seek their prey from the Sea. I call them ‘imps of darkness.’ They assuredly well become the land they inhabit.”


Now, time for the good news. The marine iguana only lives on the rocky shores of the Galapagos Islands and it’s not very graceful, so you could probably outrun one if you had to. You’ll probably be okay if you see one in the water as well because they are herbivores that fest on seaweed and algae. The only real threat they pose is they’re so ugly if you saw one swimming in the ocean, you’d probably go into shock. So go ahead and swim this summer, you’ll be ok. We think...