Galapagos in Hot Water

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Galapagos Islands in hot water - published in Scientriffic magazine

An article published in Scientriffic, CSIRO’s science magazine for ages 7+. 

The Galapagos Islands are famous for sparking the idea of evolution for Charles Darwin. These islands, off the coast of South America, are home to many plants and animals. Some of this wildlife, like the giant tortoise, that aren’t found anywhere else in the world.

Now scientists have found that there are fewer and fewer plants and animals living in the ocean around the islands. They think it’s because the ocean is getting warmer and there is too much fishing. This makes life difficult for the animals and plants in the ocean.

Penguins, fur seals and sea-lions are among the animals that have trouble surviving in hot water. Coral was destroyed by particularly warm ocean temeratures in the early 1980s, and has still not grown back.

Associate Professor Graham Edgar, from the University of Tasmania, helped to write a report about the changes in the Galapagos. Graham said that “Despite recent biodiversity losses, this global aquatic treasure remains less disturbed by people than other places in the world, with much hope for the future”.

The Galapagos Islands have lots of people working on how to stop the number of animals and plants from falling further. For example, they are trying to reduce fishing in some places to help the fish recover. Taking such actions can help save the unique Galapagos species, so we can continue to enjoy their living beauty.

Jo Savill

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