Outer Seychelles

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Marine life is relatively pristine in the remote cays and and atolls of the Outer Islands of the Republic of Seychelles. This is largely due to its sparse population and to Seychelles’ conservation laws, which are among the most stringent in the world. These reefs are considered some of the most beautiful in the world and harbor over a thousand species of fish.

Like many reefs, they have suffered from coral bleaching, a process in which photosynthetic algae inside the coral are killed off by outside stresses, such as changing water temperatures from climate change, however, the greatest danger that faces the Outer Seychelles is rising sea levels from melting ice caps that threaten to plunge the low-lying islands under water.

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