Galapagos sea lions massacred

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From AFP news agency:

Sea lions massacred in Galapagos Islands

Ecuadoran authorities are investigating the massacre of 53 sea lions that were found with crushed skulls in the Galapagos Islands.

The dead animals were in an advanced stage of decomposition when they were discovered on the island of Pinta, scattered in a one-kilometre radius, said Galapagos National Park official Victor Carrion.

“The sea lions, including 13 pups, died because of a strong blow from someone. It was a massacre whose motives the prosecutor’s office must clarify,” Mr Carrion said.

The animals’ remains did not appear to have been mutilated, and no cuts were found on their skins or limbs, he said.

The authorities found no other killed animals but they have stepped up patrols of the islands.

The Galapagos islands are 1,000 kilometres off the coast of Ecuador in the Pacific ocean.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) placed the islands on its list of endangered world heritage sites last year, saying they were threatened by invasive species, growing tourism and immigration.

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5 thoughts on “Galapagos sea lions massacred

  1. Ecuador investigates Galapagos Islands slaughter of more than 50 sea lions

    The Associated Press

    3:09 PM CST, January 29, 2008

    QUITO, Ecuador – Ecuadorean authorities are investigating the clubbing deaths of more than 50 Galapagos Islands sea lions found in January with their skulls cracked, a state prosecutor said Tuesday.

    The killings had to be committed by humans, said Jaime Estevez, who called it the work of “the criminal mind of some people who enjoy watching these animals suffer.”

    Estevez said it will be hard to determine who killed the animals, including 13 pups. There is no permanent guard at the site, La Pinta island at the northern end of the archipelago 625 miles off Ecuador’s Pacific coast.

    There were no injuries other than strong blows to the head, ruling out the possibility that the animals were killed for their parts.

    The Galapagos Islands were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 for their unique plant and animal life, including giant tortoises, marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies. Charles Darwin’s observations of the islands’ finches inspired his theory of evolution.

    Animals in the Galapagos, Ecuador’s top tourist destination, are usually not afraid of people and are known to approach tourists there.

    Last year, UNESCO added the archipelago to its list of World Heritage Sites in danger from environmental threats or overuse and is monitoring Ecuador’s efforts to protect the area from ruin.


  2. Ecuador detains Panamanian fishing boat in Galapagos Islands
    QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — Ecuadorean authorities have detained a Panamanian boat and its 21 crew members on suspicion of fishing illegally in the Galapagos Islands, officials said Friday.

    The boat was detained on Wednesday in the Galapagos National Park marine reserve and allegedly carried false permits, the park said in a statement.

    The 21-member crew had about 1,300 tons of fish on board and was being investigated for “possible environmental violations.”

    In a statement e-mailed to The Associated Press, the Guayaquil-based fishing company Nirsa said the fishermen were contracted by the company and were not engaging in any illicit activity.

    The Galapagos Islands, 625 miles off of Ecuador’s Pacific coast, are know for unique plant and animal life, including giant tortoises, marine iguanas and blue-footed boobies. Charles Darwin’s observations of the islands’ finches inspired his theory of evolution.

    The United Nations is monitoring Ecuador’s efforts to protect the area from environmental threats or overuse.

    AP-ES-02-29-08 2216EST


  3. Saturday, May 31, 2008 – Page updated at 12:00 AM

    Famed tortoises safe from lava

    By The Associated Press

    Lava flows down the flank of a volcano on Isabela, the largest of the Galápagos Islands, on Friday. A park official said the lava isn’t threatening island tortoises.
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    STR / AP

    QUITO, Ecuador — A volcano on the largest of the Galápagos Islands has begun erupting, and authorities are evaluating possible dangers to the island’s famed plant and animal life, officials said Friday.

    Rangers and tour guides spotted lava flowing down the northeastern flank of the Cerro Azul volcano on the seahorse-shaped island of Isabela late Thursday, the Galápagos National Park said in a statement.

    Ecuador’s Geophysics Institute said that satellite data and a flyover of the island by park officials showed a “small amount of ash” coming out of the volcano, located on the southwestern edge of the island.

    Park official Oscar Carvajal told Radio Quito that as many as four lava flows “have consumed a lot of vegetation” but do not pose a threat to the Galápagos tortoises.

    Neither was the eruption endangering people on the island, park official Vinicio Pauta said.

    The 5,600-foot Cerro Azul — one of five active volcanoes on the island — last erupted in September 1998, causing minor damage to plant life. Cerro Azul is in the unpopulated southwestern corner of the island.

    The Galápagos Islands, 625 miles off Ecuador’s Pacific coast, are known for unique plant and animal life, including giant tortoises, marine iguanas and seabirds known as blue-footed boobies.

    Charles Darwin’s observations of the islands’ finches helped inspire his theory of evolution.


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