One of the most iconic locations in the Galagagos Islands has crumbled into the sea.
It’s understood that erosion caused Darwin’s Arch to fall into the ocean, leaving behind two pillars which held up the arch formation.
While it isn’t open to tourists, it is a popular dive spot.
Darwin’s Arch in the #GalapagosIslands has collapsed. A magnificent piece of natural beauty, our researchers were no stranger to it as they studied whale sharks & other sharks there. As our team prepares to go back, it will be a vastly different site to be seen. https://t.co/fckYemY3e4
— Georgia Aquarium (@GeorgiaAquarium) May 18, 2021
Both island and arch were named for Charles Darwin, whose 1835 visit led to his theories of evolution by natural selection.
Informamos que hoy 17 de mayo, se reportó el colapso del Arco de Darwin, el atractivo puente natural ubicado a menos de un kilómetro de la isla principal Darwin, la más norte del archipiélago de #Galápagos. Este suceso sería consecuencia de la erosión natural.
📷Héctor Barrera pic.twitter.com/lBZJWNbgHg
— Ministerio del Ambiente y Agua de Ecuador (@Ambiente_Ec) May 17, 2021
The islands are on the UNESCO World Heritage list as “a unique living museum and showcase of evolution.”