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Pinta Island (also known as Abingdon Island, after the Earl of Abingdon) is an island located in the Galapagos Islandsmarker group, Ecuadormarker. It has an area of 60 km¬≤ and a maximum altitude of 777 meters.

Pinta is the original home to Lonesome George, perhaps the most famous tortoise in the Galapagosmarker Islands. He can be visited at the Charles Darwin Research station on Santa Cruz island.

Pinta Island is also home to swallow-tailed gulls, marine iguanas, sparrow hawks, fur seals and a number of other birds and mammals. The most northern island in the Galapagos, at one time Isla Pinta had a thriving tortoise population.

The elongated island of Pinta is the northernmost of the active Galapagos volcanoes. Pinta is a shield volcano with numerous young cones and lava flows originating from NNW-trending fissures.

On January 28, 2008, Galapagos National Parkmarker official Victor Carrion announced the killing of 53 sea lions (13 pups, 25 youngsters, 9 males and 6 females) at Pinta, Galapagosmarker Islands nature reserve with their heads caved in. In 2001 poachers killed 35 male sea lions.

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  1. BBC NEWS, Sea lions massacred in Galapagos



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