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Τhese islets, from which both human beings and land meat eaters are
absent, serve as refuges for ancient species, which have disappeared with the
passage of time from other areas. Fossil findings, which show the different evolution
of animal species on these isolated ecosystems, aren’t rare, a prime example
being the dwarf elephants of Tilos.
The many caves, crevices in the rocks, high rocky formations, and
dangerous cliffs all serve as refuges for rare species of birds such as birds
of prey, small hawks, wild pigeons, herons and cormorants. Also, due to their
geographical position, the islands are a stopover for migrating birds. Tens of
millions of these birds visit the islands each spring and autumn.
Quite surprising is the rich sea life found in the Dodecanese seas.
The rare Mediterranean seal finds refuge in the coastal caves, together with the
dolphins, turtles, many varieties of fish, molluscs and crustaceans which form
the rich ecosystem of the Dodecanese sea.
Every single island and islet is of itself a unique natural museum.
This of course favours the development of special types of tourism.
(Text: Manolis Makris)
This text (extract) is cited February 2004 from the Dodekanissos
Union of Municipalities & Communities pamphlet.
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