Marine Iguana

Amblyrhynchus cristatus

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No iguana wants to be cooked alive on a hot rock and then served up as dinner for a Galapagos hawk. But it turns out the marine iguanas have a strategy that warns them of the presence of hawks they can’t see. They learned to tune in to a kind of police scanner…the alarm calls of mockingbirds.

Photo Credit: Phil Myers, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan

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