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May 24th 2007
Published: May 24th 2007
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Although there are no dangerous animals on the islands, you do have to watch where you sit on the beach!
One of the remarkable things about the Seychelles is the diversity and uniqueness of the flora and fauna. There are a huge number of plant and animal species that are found only in these islands. It is in this way a lot like the Galapagos Islands, those remote islands in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Peru which were the inspiration for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. It could easily have been the Seychelles that served as the catalyst for Darwin’s theories. On these 100 plus islands are found flightless birds, bug eating plants, the mythical Coco de Mer palm tree and giant Aldabra land tortoises which can weigh up to 150 kg and live for up to 200 years.

Before the arrival of humans, the Seychelles was an archipelago dominated by reptiles, birds and amphibians, as well as marine life and many different types of bugs. Humans were only the third species of mammal to set foot on the Seychelles Islands when they arrived for good in the 18th century. The only native species of mammals are two types of bats. The islands are reputed to be a birdwatchers paradise, where avid birdwatchers can tick off many
The Coco de Mer Palm NutThe Coco de Mer Palm NutThe Coco de Mer Palm Nut

Interesting shape isn't it!
new species on their list. My expert eye has confirmed that there are a lot of colourful birds around!

For thousands of years, no one knew the origins of the strangely shaped nuts resembling the female pelvis that occasionally washed up on the shores of India and Sri Lanka. It was finally discovered that they were the 20 kg seeds of the female Coco de Mer palm tree found on Praslin Island. The Coco de Mer palm has male and female varieties of the tree. When I get to Praslin in a few weeks, I’ll be sure to visit the world heritage site of Vallee de Mai where 4000 of these giant trees grow. For now, I had a chance to see the Coco de Mer and 30 other types of palm tree, Aldabra tortoises, huge fruit bats and much more at the Victoria Botanical Gardens which is a two minute walk from where I’m living.

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Aldabra TortoiseAldabra Tortoise
Aldabra Tortoise

These guys will live for over a hundred years, and are making a comeback after being near extinction
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Les Trois Freres

These mountains are over 2000 feet high and rise directly over Victoria

9th June 2007

hi dad
hi dad cool blog i read most of it, well actually grandma did, but the important thing is that its been read to me! Ill email you soon bye!! I love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
18th November 2009

Enjoyed this
Hi Mark, I am enjoying your blog and remembering past times in beautiful Canada. Take care, Peter
2nd March 2010

i really apreciate this, i thought of magering in torism but the diversities are not rich enough in africa what advise can you give me? the area so interresting!
29th December 2010
Les Trois Freres

male of the coco de mer..
friends would love to have a coco de mer male how to get one.. any catalogue..
8th January 2011
Male Coco de Mer Palm

.... de mer
Hello. Mr Mark Whittall, Thankyou for the lovely photograph. Would you be kind to share any known infomal or formal research about this particular male - female plant species. Do You know the scientific - biological name and perhaps the latin reference name or any other it is goes by. Perhaps you could pass me some local information about the, ' male coco de mere'. What do the island native's call it by in english or in other different languages of the creole dialects in different islands of The Seychelles. . the island of love. I wonder also whats the translation of, 'Island Of Love' from its english phrase to the local dialect. Just to fill you in and for your knowledge.. Biological Diveristy like many other areas of linking interests intrigue me holistically. I wish you a good morning and day or better still ... bon jour et merci. Looking forward to a response. MJudy p.s id love to photograph these plants in its natural environment and ... different setting at different growth stages. Thanx again. got any other relevant photograph's or videos' to look @. "Asante". Means Thank You... in Kiswahili language. And, "Siku N'jema", transliterates to Day Good..meaning,' good day!
18th January 2011
The Coco de Mer Palm Nut

realllly interesting

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