Science: Giant Tortoise

William Beebe, curator of ornithology of the New York Zoological Society, and a party of eminent scientists returned on the steam yacht Noma from a thorough exploration of the little known Galapagos Islands, 600 miles west of Ecuador. They discovered a mile-wide harbor deep enough for large ships formed by a sunken crater, naming it Darwin Bay. Charles Darwin first scientifically explored the Galapagos on the Beagle voyage. They brought back one of the rare giant tortoises, weighing 400 pounds, no one knows how old.


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