Oil spill in the Galapagos Islands, Jan. 2001
Overview of the Galapagos oil spill:
- The spill occured on January 16, 2001 approximately 870 yards
off San Cristobal Island, one of the Galapagos Islands.
- At least 22 oiled pelicans were returned to the wild. Over 100
animals were affected during the spill.
- Nearly 200,000 gallons of diesel and bunker crude oil spilled
from Ecuadorean tanker Jessica.
- Aerial surveillance showed oil slick spread intermittently in
an area of 300 square miles.
- The Galapagos Islands, 600 miles west of Ecuador's coast in the
Pacific Ocean, are famous for their giant tortoises and rare
species of birds and plants. The islands were the basis for Charles
Darwin's theory of evolution.
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