The Wildlife Of Darwin’s Galapagos Islands Is Now Under Threat From Plastic Pollution; IFL Science

Ecuador – Galápagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands – 965 kilometers (600 miles) from the coast of Ecuador – are best known for inspiring Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and natural selection but now, they are embroiled in a plastic crisis. Tons of plastic are washing up on the archipelago’s shores and threatening the thousands of species that live there, many of which can be found nowhere else on the planet.

Sea lions have been spotted using plastic bottles as playthings. Hermit crabs are moving into bottle caps – not shells. Galapagos finches have been observed lining their nests with plastic fibers and Galapagos green turtles are gorging on plastic bags, mistaking their translucent sheen for jellyfish.

These depressing symbols of our throwaway culture were broadcast in an exclusive report by British television channel ITV. Journalists interviewed local experts and specialists studying marine plastics at the University of Exeter who aim to determine the total impact of plastic in the Galapagos – as well as a way to bring an end to this never-ending tide of plastic debris.

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