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Fagin, Anthony (born 1938): Galapagos marine iguanas, photograph, 30 x 42 cms. Presented by the artist as part of the Heritage Lottery Fund's Darwin 200 celebrations.

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All iguanas are good swimmers. The claws of the marine iguana are longer and sharper than those of land iguanas, so they can cling tightly to the rocks along the shore without being pulled away by the waves. They periodically sneeze out salt spray and at night huddle together to keep warm.