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Tuesday, 23 January, 2001, 10:25 GMT
Picture gallery: Galapagos spill
An oil spill from the grounded Ecuadorian tanker Jessica is threatening some of the world's rarest sea animals and birds in the Galapagos Islands.

It is believed most of the 912,000 litres (250,000 gallons) on board have leaked into the sea, and efforts are now concentrating on containing the spreading oil slick.


Grounded tanker
The spill started on Friday when a pipe burst on board the grounded tanker

US Coast Guards
US Coast Guards are helping contain the spill

Volunteer cleaners in Galapagos Islands
Volunteers remove oil from Carola Bay at San Cristobal Island

Pelican in Galapagos Islands
Galapagos National Park says at least 30 pelicans have been covered in oil

Tanker Jessica
There is a danger the tanker will sink, threatening underwater sea life

Seals in Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands are famous for their exotic wildlife

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23 Jan 01 | Americas
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