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

Galapagos: Young giant tortoises set free

Conservationists release 155 giant tortoises of the Chelonoidis hoodensis breed on Santa Fe island in the Galapagos to help replace a similar species that died out 150 years ago.

Giant tortoise thought to be extinct discovered in Galapagos

A tortoise thought to be a Chelonoidis phantasticus, which was believed to have gone extinct about a century ago, is discovered during an expedition to Fernandina Island in Ecuador’s Galapagos archipelago.

Giant tortoise thought to be extinct discovered in Galapagos

A tortoise thought to be a Chelonoidis phantasticus, a species believed to have gone extinct about a century ago, has been discovered during an expedition to Fernandina Island in Ecuador’s Galapagos archipelago.

Ecuador uses drones to help eradicate rats in Galapagos

With the help of drones, Ecuador launches a program to eradicate rats on two Galapagos islands where the world’s only nocturnal seagull nests.

Hammerhead sharks’ Galapagos secret hideaway

A group of Ecuadorian scientists have discovered a hammerhead shark nursery on the Ecuadoran islands of Galapagos, where they have been born safely for millions of years.

Ecuador prison for Chinese fishers caught in Galapagos

A court in Ecuador sentenced the crew of a Chinese ship caught fishing endangered sharks in the Galapagos marine reserve to prison terms.