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Galapagos Marine Reserve


Galapagos beachIn 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 Marine Iguana. Other notable wildlife includes the Sea Lion, Fur Seal, Galapagos Penguin, Flightless Cormorant, Waved Albatross, Lava Gull and Swallow-Tailed Gull.

Galapagos Marine ReserveDiving 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 mammals.

The submarine area of Galapagos (from 0 to 590 feet deep) is of 2.587 square miles.

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