March 30, 2014 – Isabel Island, Galapagos.
Even before Elvis crooned about blue suede shoes, the Galapagos boobies knew azure footwear was sexy.
Since boobies are opportunistic maters, guys learn to keep up appearances. Healthy male birds dive up to 70 ft. down to feed on sardines that provide the carotenoids that darken the pigmentation in their feet. Back on their island, they attract their intended female by flouncing their fancy feet in a humorous dance of strutting and bobbing – thus giving them their funny name.
It is said that Charles Darwin developed his theories on survival of the fittest observing Galapagos species.
Apparently, his wife never explained the importance of footwear to him.