Students Get to Explore Seychelles Marine Life (No Fair!)
(Seychelles News Agency) – Imagine waking up to the sight of the calm waters of a lagoon teemed with an abundant marine life including a group of black-tip sharks swimming around, in one of the most remote and uninhabited quarters of the world.
This dream became a reality for twelve Seychellois students of different ages and three teachers who were lucky enough to spend four days on the Seychelles atoll of Aldabra.
Located in the westernmost part of the Indian Ocean archipelago, some 1,100 kilometres from the main island of Mahé, the world’s largest raised coral atoll is renowned for its pristine beauty, its population of land tortoises and sea turtles among other fascinating features.
It is thanks to this unique biodiversity that Aldabra was declared a World Heritage Site in November 1982 by the United Nations Scientific, Educational, Cultural and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
The once in a lifetime trip for the group of youngsters and their teachers to Aldabra last month was possible after the Seychelles Islands Foundation (SIF), a public trust which manages the atoll, re-initiated the annual prize for the winners of the Seychelles Eco-school competition.
This was after a lapse of five years due to the risk of piracy around the outer islands.