Tons of garbage cleaned up around Galapagos Islands

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  • Galapagos Island officials said they have collected 22 tons of garbage since January
  • The bulk of the ocean garbage that reaches the island shores are ‘from the coasts of Central and South America, and even came as far as from the Asian continents’

Officials at Ecuador’s Galapagos National Park said they have collected 22 tons of garbage since January off the coasts.

According to Japan Times,  the cleanup activity aims at studying “the possible arrival of invasive species in the waste swept in by the ocean currents,” the park said in a statement late Saturday.

The bulk of the ocean garbage that reaches the island shores are ‘from the coasts of Central and South America, and even came as far as from the Asian continents’.

The Galápagos Islands is a volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean. It’s considered as one of the world’s foremost destinations for wildlife-viewing. A province of Ecuador, it lies about 1,000 km off its coast. Its isolated terrain shelters a diversity of plant and animal species; with many found nowhere else.

Charles Darwin visited in 1835, and his observation of Galápagos’ species later inspired his theory of evolution.

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