The top of Darwin’s Arch, a rock formation located in the Galápagos Islands, collapsed into the sea from erosion.
The Ecuadorean Environment Ministry reported the destruction of the unique 141 foot high, 230-foot long rock on May 17.
“The collapse of Darwin’s Arch, the attractive natural bridge found less than a kilometer from the main area of Darwin Island, was reported,” said the ministry.
A tour group traveling with tour company Aggressor Adventures witnessed the collapse right in front of their eyes.
The natural stone bridge was named after the English biologist Charles Darwin who visited the Galápagos Islands in 1835. Among the smallest of the 19 islands in the Galápagos Archipelago, Darwin’s island is located 621 miles from the coast of Ecuador.
The island hosts a rich array of plants and wildlife, many of them endemic, including some of the largest shark communities in the world.
The rich diversity of wildlife in the surrounding areas (re: Darwin’s finches) became the cornerstone of Darwin’s theory on evolution.
Take a look back at the world-famous Darwin’s Arch before the collapse took place.