Monday, 29 January 2018

Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California

This site is home of 891 fish species and comprises 244 islands, islets and coastal areas

Isla Espíritu Santo
This postcard was sent by Marco

Isla Espíritu Santo is an island in the Gulf of California, off the Mexican state of Baja California Sur
The area is protected as part of the Área de Protección de Flora y Fauna - Islas del Golfo de California (APFF-IGC), and is an important eco-tourism destination. Espíritu Santo is the only known habitat of the black jackrabbit.
The surrounding reefs are home to parrotfishangelfish, trumpetfishMoorish idols, and rainbow wrasse, while many other species pass nearby including sharksraysturtlesdolphins, and even whales. Birds include brown pelicansgreat blue heronssnowy egretsturkey vultures, and hummingbirds. A large sea lion colony resides on Los Islotes, off the north tip of the islands; snorkeling with the females and young is a highlight of many tours. - in: wikipedia

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