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Mission Blue

Quirimbas Islands Hope Spot Poster

Regular price $20.50
This can be yours for a donation to Mission Blue! Museum-quality posters made on thick, durable, matte paper. A statement in any room, these puppies are printed in America, sweatshop free, on archival, acid-free paper.

The Quirimbas Islands lie in the Indian Ocean off northeastern Mozambique close to Pemba, the capital of the province of Cabo Delgado. The archipelago consists of 34 islands. Originally home to fishing settlements, the islands’ population grew around Arab trading posts and thrived under Portuguese trading routes. Today, many of the islands are uninhabited. The Quirimbas Islands are known for theirhigh-quality diving sites, including phenomenal drop-offs, some up to 400 meters. The Quirimbas National Park, established in 2002 and spanning an area of 7,500 km², includes the 11 most southerly islands that are partly surrounded by mangroves. With up to 30-meter visibility and tropical water temperatures, all coral reef species typical of the Indian Ocean region abound here in addition to yellowfin tuna, dogtooth tuna and marlin. Manta rays, eight known species of shark, whale sharks, huge schools of feeding barracuda, many species of king fish, red snappers, green and hawksbill turtles and pods of humpback dolphins call these waters home. Green turtles can be seen laying their eggs on one of the many brilliant white palm fringed beaches, and humpback whales visit during seasonal migrations.

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