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Fauna and sea
As for the animals, apart from the well-known reptiles, there’s
“korkophylos”, a kind that looks like a small crocodile. On the island’s
rocky shores many species of birds, both rapacious and non-rapacious, find refuge,
while flocks of migratory birds stop at some points of the island. Hence, we see
species of wild duck and swan in the small and large dams of the Raches
region. Apart from the variety of dairy animals found in Evdilos,
the visitor travelling along the road will often see the wild goats (raska) -
famous for their tasty meat.
Ikaria is renown from antiquity to the present day for its unique
therapeutic Hot Springs (Therma,
Agios Kirikos), as well as
for its fish (Icthyoessa), such as “sargos”, “skaros”,
“kefalades”, “balades”, “skorpines”, “thrapsala”
In the seas of Ikaria, mammals such as the Mediterranean Seal find
refuge, as well as the Rhino Dolphin and the Zono Dolphin, which in other parts
of the Mediterranean are endangered species. Recently, studies have been conducted
so as to locate sperm whales and other kinds of whales-all parts of a program
by Essex University.
This text (extract) is cited January 2004 from the Evdilos
Municipal Cultural Organization tourist pamphlet.
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