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A dozen bombs from WWII found in Galapagos

Date: January 29, 2011

A dozen bombs from WWII buried in a very popular spot on the Galapagos Islands have been found by fishermen. The bomb shells were located between Bartolome and Baltra islands, according to one of the fishermen who found them.

The US had a military base during WWII in Baltra island. The Ecuador navy dug out the shells and transported them to Santa Cruz island for examination The bombs do not pose any danger, the navy said.

The US had a military base during WWII in Baltra island.

The Ecuador navy dug out the shells and transported them to Santa Cruz island for examination.

The bombs do not pose any danger, the navy said.

Authorities are considering making a more thorough search of the area on Bartolome Island in case there are any other wartime explosives to unearth.

The volcanic Galapagos Islands are located almost 1,000km east of the Ecuador coast.

The islands are visited by thousands of tourists from all over the world every year because of their vast array of native species, many of which are endangered.

British naturalist Charles Darwin developed his evolution theory in the 19th century after studying the wildlife there.

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Matt Kareus

Matt is the Executive Director of IGTOA.


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