As you can see, Charles Darwin had very little appreciate for these animals; beauty, however, is all in the eye of the beholder. In my mind, there is no doubt that these animals are absolutely magnificent.
Incredibly well adapted to their equatorial, island environment, marine iguanas are found only on the Galapagos Islands and nowhere else on earth. Upon immediate glance, one may see what looks like a modernized dinosaur, or possibly something that reminds them of a smaller, quadrupedal version of Godzilla.
With their stout faces, tough scales, sharp spines and claws, long tail, and powerful legs, they really are something fiercely special and undoubtedly unique.