2001 – Jessica – Galapagos Islands

Overview of the Galapagos Oil Spill

Pelican cleaned of oil.
  • The spill occurred on January 16, 2001 approximately 870 yards off San Cristobal Island, one of the Galapagos Islands.
  • At least 22 oiled pelicans were returned to the wild. Over 100 animals were affected during the spill.
  • Nearly 200,000 gallons of diesel and bunker crude oil spilled from Ecuadorean tanker Jessica.
  • Aerial surveillance showed oil slick spread intermittently in an area of 300 square miles.
  • The Galapagos Islands, 600 miles west of Ecuador’s coast in the Pacific Ocean, are famous for their giant tortoises and rare species of birds and plants. The islands were the basis for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

1 thought on “2001 – Jessica – Galapagos Islands”

  1. We cannot follow brainless politicians. We need to ask for two types of oil at the gas station: one that is carried by the land and one that is carried by the sea. On the pump where the refined oil is carried by the sea it’s a responsability of the politicians to rise up the price how much they wish.

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