Galapagos Marine Reserve
March 18, 1998 the Galapagos Marine Reserve was created as a "Protected
Area", designed to protect the waters surrounding the Galapagos Islands
and the resources they contain.
The waters contained within the Galapagos Marine
Reserve encompass approximately 140,000 Km2.
The waters surrounding the Galapagos are home to 3000 species of
marine plants and animals. Birds and animals existing near the
water has a variety of distinctive habitats and endemic species
including the world's only sea-going lizard, the
Other notable wildlife includes the
Galapagos Penguin, Flightless Cormorant,
Waved Albatross, Lava
Gull and Swallow-Tailed Gull.
Diving in the Galapagos is quickly expanding; divers seek the
experience of spectacular marine life including Whale Sharks,
Galapagos Sharks, Hammerheads, Manta Rays and Leopard Rays.
There are many areas with small submarine
volcanoes, which are important feeding zones for marine birds and
The submarine area of Galapagos (from 0
to 590 feet deep) is of 2.587 square miles.