There is an oil spill half a mile from the main port of Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. Certainly, the nature of the Galapagos Island will be influenced significantly by this oil spill in a bad way. This spill threatens some of the rarest marine species of the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately, this natural disaster happened when the Ecuadorean tanker with two hundred and forty-three thousand gallons of diesel fuel onboard hit the archipelago’s ground. This happened on the island San Cristobal in the East of the Galapagos archipelago.
The tanker started to leak and the danger for the Island is that fuel will get to the bottom of the ocean. It will possibly destroy algae, which is a vital component of the food chain. This threatens the ocean iguanas, boobies, seagulls, sharks and lobsters. It can also harm the colonies of sea lions and other sea creatures at the shores of Spain, where the current is taking the oil spill.
The sea otters and sea birds living on the sea surface and on shorelines can be damaged significantly by the oil spill. When oil spills, the birds living on the sea usually suffer more and are killed in larger numbers than other kinds of animals. The ability of sea otters to keep themselves warm depends on their fur staying clean. Obviously, their fur will become dirty from oil, and they will suffer. If oil stays on the shore for some time, the animals living on the beach such as clams, snails and others will be harmed.
It is good news that diesel fuel is considered to be light kind of oil. This kind of oil is volatile and evaporates quickly. It does not stay in the marine environment for a long time. Usually it does not stay there for more than several days. Light oil, spilled on the water, should be gone relatively quickly.
Nevertheless, while this oil is still present on the water, it can be significantly hazardous to the Island. First of all, it can set on fire or explode. On the other hand, diesel oil is considered to be toxic one. This kind of oil can kill animals, birds and plants that are touched by it. The fumes of this oil are also dangerous for people to inhale. Besides, it is hazardous for the skin to have contact with this oil.
The large amounts of oil found will be cleaned up by National Park Service. Luckily, the currents and winds carried the fuel away from the Island into deeper waters. The diesel fuel will evaporate in the intense sunshine and will not reach the shores of other islands.
There is an oil spill half a mile from the main port of Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. Certainly, the nature of the Galapagos Island will be influenced significantly by this oil spill in a bad way. This spill threatens some of the rarest marine species of the Pacific Ocean.