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Galapagos discover a natural refuge of juvenile hammerhead sharks
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Created: 14 December 2017
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Galapagos discover a natural refuge of juvenile hammerhead sharks

A natural refuge with 30 juvenile hammerhead sharks, an endangered species, was discovered in the marine reserve of the Galapagos Islands, the Environment Ministry of Ecuador reported Friday.

The discovery occurred when technicians from the Galapagos National Park (PNG) inspected the archipelago's marine reserve. This is an important finding for Galapagos and the region, because there are only a few sites detected as hammerhead shark breeding areas in the eastern tropical. Hammerhead sharks are threatened by fishing exploitation. Last August, a Chinese-flagged vessel was captured in the Galapagos marine reserve with 300 tons of fish, which included specimens of this species. The slow growth and its low reproductive capacity also put the hammerhead shark at risk of extinction. For this reason, Ecuador created a sanctuary of 38,000 km2 within the Galapagos marine reserve to protect the hammerhead shark.

The Galapagos marine reserve, where industrial fishing is prohibited, is the second largest in the world with 133,000 km2. It has reported more than 2,900 existing marine species, and one of the most fragile ecosystems with unique flora and fauna in the world.

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A natural refuge with 30 juvenile hammerhead sharks, an endangered species, was discovered in the marine reserve of the Galapagos Islands, the Environment Ministry of Ecuador reported Friday.