Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary is a protected area for sharks, turtles and other sea animals.
The designated zone includes Malpelo Island and its surrounding marine environment. The island is located in the Pacific Ocean 500km off the Colombian coast.
The site is a fishing-free area, turning it into an "oasis in an oceanic desert". Malpelo holds a unique shark population; swarms of 500 hammerhead sharks and hundreds of silky sharks are frequently seen by diving expeditions. It is also the habitat of the critically endangered hawksbill and leatherback turtles.
Map of Malpelo
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Full name: Malpelo Fauna and Flora Sanctuary
Unesco ID: 1216
Criteria: 7 9
- 2006 - Inscribed
- 2006 - Deferred Gorgona Natural National Park
- 2006 - Revision Reduced from former TWHS Gorgona and Malpelo Islands, Coastal and Oceanic National Marine Parks of Colombia's Eastern Tropical Pacific (2005)
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