It’s time for a new blog series! We’re so excited to bring you this brand new content, we hope that you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoy making it! It’s all about ‘Hidden Histories’, where we bring you stories and events that you probably don’t know much about. They should make for a super interesting read (and be a fantastic way to boost your general knowledge), and we intend to vary the topics month by month. And here’s the really cool bit we want you to get involved! If you have any ideas of what we could include, let us know via our Instagram and Facebook channels. So, let’s get started on our first ever ‘Hidden History’ blog!
This month, we’re going to look at the story of ‘The Galápagos Islands’. On the 31st May 1978, they were officially declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site but have been a source of inspiration and beauty for many years before this. Situated in the Pacific Ocean, about 1000km off the shores of Ecuador, this island influenced Charles Darwin greatly when he was working on his theory of evolution. David Attenborough has also worked very closely with this environment, shooting documentaries and wildlife programmes for a number of years. Take a look at two of the amazing and unique species that you can find on these islands!
The Golden Ray:
Roaming the water surrounding this great island are the Golden Rays, who glide around from December to about May. They vary in size and can be identified by their long tails and golden tops. They usually stick to quieter areas, but can sometimes be seen travelling in packs near tourist hotspots
By far the world’s largest (and sometimes heaviest) species of tortoise, they roam around the land and have become very famous icons of the islands. It might even be possible, that one of the tortoises studied by Darwin himself, is still around on the island today (the oldest one has lived to 150 years old!). They can go for a whole year without eating or drinking, and can reach 550 pounds in weight.
If you want to find out more about these islands you can visit here (you can also look at the National Geographic website here). We hope you enjoyed our first ‘Hidden History’- don’t forget that you can send in any ideas that you have for future blogs on our Instagram and Facebook channels too!
The Hive Team