Hundreds of gallons of oil spilled in waters near Galapagos Islands

Hundreds of gallons of oil spilled in waters near Galapagos Islands
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Six hundred gallons of oil spilled into waters off of the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador over the weekend, according to CNN.

The spill reportedly occurred near San Cristobal Island, which sits on the eastern side of the famed Galapagos archipelago, on Sunday.

According to CNN, a large container was being loaded onto the deck of a cargo ship when it overturned. In footage seen by the news agency, the crew onboard could be seen jumping off the vessel as it capsized.

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Emergency crews are reportedly still trying to contain the oil spill.

According to the Galapagos Conservancy, the islands are home “to some of the highest levels of endemism (species found nowhere else on earth) anywhere on the planet.” A significant majority of birds, reptiles and mammals found on the islands cannot be found anywhere else in the world, the conservancy states on its site.

British naturalist and biologist Charles Darwin famously visited the archipelago in 1835. His studies there helped him develop his theory of evolution.