For any science geeks out there--a recent study compared a group of young Galápagos Sea Lions from the large colony living off the town of Puerto Baquerizo Moreno (San Cristóbal) to a group of young sea lions on uninhabited Santa Fé. As reported on PlanetSave, “The research has found that the immune systems of the sea lions which live near human populations are in ‘overdrive’ as a result of human activity — impairing their health, making them less able hunters, and making them more prone to starvation.”
You can read a brief summary of the study here: planetsave.com/2013/… . If you'd like to read the full study on PLoS ONE--gory details, technical issues, and all--click here: plosone.org/article/…2Fjournal.pone.0067132 .
trip report at http://galapagos2009.wordpress.com/