Île Sainte-Marie, Madagascar – May 5th, 2009
Île Sainte-Marie (upper right), also known as Nosy Boraha, is an island off the east coast of Madagascar’s Toamasina Province.
The island is 60 km long and less than 10 km wide. The channel between Sainte-Marie island and mainland Madagascar is a hot spot for whale watching. Substantial groups of humpback whales migrate from the Antarctic to this idyllic breeding place.
Sainte Marie is endowed with a very rich fauna and flora due its insular character and the particularities of the coralline soil, which encouraged various adaptations in both plants and animals and has lead to unique interrelations.
Below the island, several rivermouths pour orange-brown sediments into the ocean, giving the water along the shoreline a yellow-green color.