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5 Offbeat Facts That Make Seychelles a Nature Lover’s Paradise

The stunning blue waters of  Seychelles surround a land that is adorned with unspoilt shores, beautiful beaches, luxurious resorts, and natural wonders. This country, comprised of  115 islands is located in the Indian Ocean, off the eastern coast of the African mainland. Here are some interesting facts about this nation which you haven’t heard before.

1. World’s largest seabird colonies

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Some of the largest seabird colonies in the world are located outer islands of Seychelles, mainly on the Cosmoledo and Aldabra islands. Cattle egrets, fairy, sooty terns breed on these islands. The rich variety of fish species also supports the birdlife. 

2. Tree with Jellyfish Fruits

You can find a rare tree that has jellyfish-like fruits on the island of Mahe in Seychelles. The critically endangered tree re-discovery in the 1970s and was believed to be extinct prior to this.  

3. The Haunt of Pirates

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When Seychelles was uninhabited, it served as a perfect hiding place for pirates who thrived in the sea trade route between Asia and Africa. For sea-robbers, it was like a paradise until the second half of the 18th century, when the French began to take control. 

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4. Rare Black Parrot

The national bird of Seychelles is a black parrot or the Praslin parrot, which is only found in the Praslin island of Seychelles. The bird has also been classified as threatened species on the IUCN Red List.

5. A Matriarchal Society

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While most countries in the world are grappling to ease the patriarchal societies, Seychellois society is matriarchal. The household is dominated by mothers and women decide on expenditures and determine the future of children in the household. 

(Curated by Priya Pareek)