Water day: plastic threatens life in Galapagos

Park rangers and volunteers collect garbage on the coast of the unpopulated Isabela Island, as tons of plastic waste wash up on the shores of the Galapagos Islands where microparticles end up in the stomachs of endemic species found only in the Pacific archipelago 1,000 kilometers west of mainland Ecuador. This report is part of an AFPTV Latin American dossier for International Water Day.

Ocean garbage

Videographic illustrating the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a mass of marine debris in the north-east of the Pacific Ocean. Tons of plastic waste wash up on the shores of the Galapagos islands where microparticles end up in the stomachs of species found only in the Pacific archipelago 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) west of mainland Ecuador.VIDEOGRAPHICS