Whales, dolphins and porpoises
Up to 50 years
1.5 - 16 metres
100 kilogrames – 30 tonnes
The Cromwell current’s upwelling in the western waters of Galapagos draws in many residents and transient species of cetaceans, particularly in the region between Isabela and Fernandina islands.
Types of cetaceans can be distinguished by their mode of feeding, typically classifying them into baleen whales (filter feeders) and toothed whales (hunt and eat). There are 24 different species of cetacean that have been recorded within the Galapagos Marine Reserve, many being perennial (all-year-round) inhabitants, with a select few, namely blue whales and humpback whales, paying seasonal visits to Galapagos waters. While not native to the Archipelago, three species of dolphin – bottlenose, spinner and common dolphins – pay frequent visits to the islands and are the most commonly seen cetacean in Galapagos.
Cetaceans in Galapagos
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Tackling Plastic Pollution
"45% of all plastic used along the Pacific coastline of South and Central America is inadequately managed, leaking 1 million tonnes of plastic each year."
We are working with partners across the Eastern Pacific to make Galapagos plastic pollution free once again, identifying the sources and impacts of plastic and supporting innovative solutions.