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Wed Feb 20, 2019, 02:20 PM

Galapagos tortoise species thought extinct found alive and well.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6725511/Tortoises-thought-extinct-Galapagos-Islands.html

A species of giant tortoise believed to have gone extinct more than 100 years ago has been spotted in the Galapagos Islands.

Ecuador's environment minister Marcelo Mata made the announcement that an adult female Fernandina Giant Tortoise had been discovered.

Many species of giant tortoises were over-hunted for their meat by European and other colonists who travelled to the Galapagos archipelago.

The sighting came during an expedition to the island of Fernandina in the western Ecuadorian region of the archipelago.

Extinction looms large for the animal and its largest existential threat is considered to be volcanic activity and lava.

It is the youngest and most volcanically active of all the Galapagos islands.

The tortoise was found by members of the Galapagos National Park and the US NGO Galapagos Conservancy.

The Fernandina Giant Tortoise is one of 14 giant tortoise species in the Galapagos but only ten are thought to have survived human colonisation and over-hunting for food.

The female has a large body, smooth shell and a pink head but no other details have been revealed.

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Currentsitguy Feb 20 OP
SatansSon666 Feb 20 #1
Currentsitguy Feb 20 #2
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Currentsitguy Feb 20 #4
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Currentsitguy Feb 20 #6
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rampartb Feb 20 #8
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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Wed Feb 20, 2019, 02:25 PM

1. Good news!

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Response to SatansSon666 (Reply #1)

Wed Feb 20, 2019, 02:25 PM

2. It made me smile.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #2)

Wed Feb 20, 2019, 02:27 PM

3. Now that they know, hopefully they can make a comeback.

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Response to SatansSon666 (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 20, 2019, 02:28 PM

4. It's going to take a lot of time

They are notoriously slow breeders and slow to mature.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #4)

Wed Feb 20, 2019, 02:47 PM

5. I see. Fingers crossed then.

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Response to SatansSon666 (Reply #5)

Wed Feb 20, 2019, 02:50 PM

6. They are one of the longest living creatures on Earth

One of the ones brought by by Darwin's expedition just died recently in a London zoo.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #6)

Wed Feb 20, 2019, 02:52 PM

7. Yeah, I'm checking it out.

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Response to SatansSon666 (Reply #3)

Wed Feb 20, 2019, 06:16 PM

8. one tortoise can not make a comeback

without some serious genetic manipulation.

the big turtles can live longer than 100 years, and this one coulf have been just a little thing 100 years ago.

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Response to rampartb (Reply #8)

Wed Feb 20, 2019, 06:28 PM

9. No, but I mean hopefully there are more.

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Response to SatansSon666 (Reply #9)

Wed Feb 20, 2019, 06:34 PM

10. i hope so as well

for over a century ships would stop at the galapagos and take on a load of tortoises. they were toed on deck, on their backs, and butchered when the menu called for turtle soup.

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