600 gallons of oil spill in waters off Galapagos Islands
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600 gallons of oil spill in waters off Galapagos Islands

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Emergency teams in the Galapagos Islands were working to contain a 600-gallon oil spill after a cargo vessel overturned while being loaded with containers early Sunday, local officials said on Twitter.

The Galapagos, a UNESCO World Heritage site, are home to some of the most unique and scientifically significant ecosystems on Earth. It is part of Ecuador and located hundreds of miles off the country's coast.

The incident is likely to rile scientists and environmentalists who have gone to great lengths to protect the volcanic Pacific Ocean archipelago, which is home to many species that cannot be found anywhere else on Earth. Charles Darwin did research on the island that eventually led him to his theory of evolution.

Galapagos Islands oil spill

A state of emergency was declared by Ecuador after a 600-gallon oil spill in Galapagos Islands. This image from the Galapagos Park Twitter account shows the aftermath of the accident.

The oil spill happened after a large container was being loaded onto the ship's deck, according to the Ecuadorian Coast Guard. Video from the scene appears to show the crane losing control of the container and then falling on the ship.

All three then tip over into the ocean, forcing the crew to jump off the ship as it began capsizing. None of the sailors was injured, local media reported.

The incident took place on San Cristobal Island, the easternmost of the islands that make up the Galapagos.

San Cristobal is home to playful sea lions, giant tortoises, finches, and idyllic beaches. Like most of the islands in the archipelago, travelers there must abide by strict rules in order to protect the flora and fauna.

Galapagos birds

Blue-footed boobies rest on volcanic rocks on Isabela island in the Galapagos in this January 2019 file photo.

Conservationists have increasingly voiced concern that the Galapagos and its delicate ecosystem are under threat from over-tourism.

SOS Galapagos, an advocacy group, posted photos of the spill while denouncing what they claimed was an "illegal and dangerous" operation. The coast guard announced it has activated an emergency plan to contain the oil spill.

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