Hey there! Do you know the location of the last flightless bird of the Indian Ocean? How about the location of the largest raised coral reef in the world?
No?
Okay, what about the location of the world’s largest population of Giant Tortoises? The world’s oldest terrestial (a.k.a. land) animal originates from this population! I mean, you have to know that one, right? (No, the answer is not the Galapagos Islands.)
In case you haven’t realized, these are all descriptions of the same place.
Alright, I’ll give you a hint - it’s also the habitat for the biggest crab in the world, the coconut crab, and the world’s only populations of oceanic flamingo.
Still doesn’t ring any bells?
Let’s cut to the chase: this amazing wonder of nature is known as the Aldabra Atoll.
(An atoll is a ring-shaped coral reef that encircles a lagoon partially or completely - like a pool in the middle of the ocean. The Aldabra Atoll is the second largest atoll by dry land area, which means that it’s number two in the world by the amount of land that surrounds the lagoon.)
Why haven’t you heard of this place before? Because, as luck would have it, it is uninhabited, extremely isolated and fiercely protected - the first ban on killing animals on the island was placed in 1891, and in the 1970’s introducing invasive species was completely banned. Furthermore, ecologists managed to protect it from both the building of an air base and the setting of radio transmitters for the RAF and BBC, respectively. Even now no airstrips, helipads, or landing jetties have been built on the atoll, and only scientists and supporting staff are allowed to stay there for any amount of time - tourism is not an option.
But enough of text, let’s see some of the fauna that can be found here:
The Souimanga Sunbird
The Aldabra Giant Tortoise
The Coconut Crab
The White-throated Rail
The Aldabra Flying Fox
The Aldabra Drongo
The Malagasy Sacred Ibis
The Hawksbill Sea Turtle
The Great Frigatebird
In case this island wasn’t badass enough, it has absolutely no freshwater sources, and does not have one introduced bird species.
Oh, and by the way? For a large part of it’s history, the Aldabra Atoll was controlled by pirates.
If you have some free time on your hands and want to find out more about this amazing natural wonder, I would highly encourage you to research the Aldabra Atoll and all it’s treasures.
Submitted by MusingsOfAMoron

Hey there! Do you know the location of the last flightless bird of the Indian OceanHow about the location of the largest raised coral reef in the world?

No?

Okay, what about the location of the world’s largest population of Giant Tortoises? The world’s oldest terrestial (a.k.a. land) animal originates from this population! I mean, you have to know that one, right? (No, the answer is not the Galapagos Islands.)

In case you haven’t realized, these are all descriptions of the same place.

Alright, I’ll give you a hint - it’s also the habitat for the biggest crab in the world, the coconut crab, and the world’s only populations of oceanic flamingo.

Still doesn’t ring any bells?

Let’s cut to the chase: this amazing wonder of nature is known as the Aldabra Atoll.

(An atoll is a ring-shaped coral reef that encircles a lagoon partially or completely - like a pool in the middle of the ocean. The Aldabra Atoll is the second largest atoll by dry land area, which means that it’s number two in the world by the amount of land that surrounds the lagoon.)

Why haven’t you heard of this place before? Because, as luck would have it, it is uninhabited, extremely isolated and fiercely protected - the first ban on killing animals on the island was placed in 1891, and in the 1970’s introducing invasive species was completely banned. Furthermore, ecologists managed to protect it from both the building of an air base and the setting of radio transmitters for the RAF and BBC, respectively. Even now no airstrips, helipads, or landing jetties have been built on the atoll, and only scientists and supporting staff are allowed to stay there for any amount of time - tourism is not an option.

But enough of text, let’s see some of the fauna that can be found here:

In case this island wasn’t badass enough, it has absolutely no freshwater sources, and does not have one introduced bird species.

Oh, and by the way? For a large part of it’s history, the Aldabra Atoll was controlled by pirates.

If you have some free time on your hands and want to find out more about this amazing natural wonder, I would highly encourage you to research the Aldabra Atoll and all it’s treasures.

Submitted by MusingsOfAMoron

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