The spill occured 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.
In addition to responding to oil spills around the world, International Bird Rescue staff work to care for birds impacted by lesser known threats like natural oil seeps under the ocean, algal blooms, marine debris, and extreme weather. We use this blog to share stories from the field and from the two California-based bird rescue centers we manage. We hope you enjoy this window into our world—we are truly passionate about caring for birds, and know that our community shares this passion. We could not do this important work without your ongoing support!