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Peru’s newest protected area could be a tropical sea paradise

Peru’s newest protected area could be a tropical sea paradise

A Humboldt penguin in the Tropical Pacific Sea. Photo courtesy of SERNANP. The Peruvian Tropical Pacific Sea (Mar Pacífico Tropical Peruano) is a paradise where cold and warm currents come together, making this a biodiversity hotspot along Peru’s coast. The local ecosystem is most similar to the tourist mecca found along the Pacific further north: the Galápagos Islands, the oldest protected area in Ecuador created in 1959. Both places are a collection of islands with unique landscapes, miles of coastal areas with great diversity of fish, shell fish, and marine species such as green and Hawksbill turtles, seals, sea lions, almost all the existing whale species, and birds like pelican seabirds, albatrosses, and prions. In Peru, the Tropical Pacific Sea hasn’t relied on the same protection of the Galápagos Islands, but experts hope that protection will come soon –hopefully th...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2016/03/perus-newest-protected-a...

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