Overview of the Galapagos oil spill:
occured on January 16, 2001
approximately 870 yards off
San Cristobal Island, one
of the Galapagos Islands.
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.
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.