INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT SEYCHELLES
Name: Republic of Seychelles
Name Origin: Jean Moreau de Séchelles (King Louis XV’s finance minister)
First Seychelles explorer: João de Nova (1501) discovers the Farquhar Islands
Population: Roughly 97,871 people (2019) & 90% of the population live on the main island of Mahé
Total island: 115 Islands (42 Granite island & 73 Coral islands ) a total of 455 km² (175 sq. miles) in size
Climate: Tropical with constant temperature and high humidity.
Main seasons: Northwest Monsoon from December to March & South east monsoon from May to October
Time Zone: GMT/UTC +4
Calling Code: +248 or (00248)
Language: Seychellois Creole, English, French,
National Currency: 1 Seychellois Rupee=100cents
National Day: 18 June
National Flower: Orkid payanke
National Tree: Coco-de-Mer Palm
National Animal: Giant Tortoise
National Bird : Black Parrot
National Motto: “Finis Coronat Opus” (“The End Crowns the Work”)
Seychelles Fauna: 13 species of amphibians, 30 reptiles, 220 bird species and more than 1,000 species of invertebrates
Seychelles Endangered birds: Seychelles paradise flycatcher, Seychelles warbler, Seychelles magpie robin, Seychelles white eye, Seychelles scops owl, Seychelles black parrot
Indian Ocean Flightless Bird: White-Throated Rail from Aldabra Island.
Seychelles Agricultural Products: Coconuts, cinnamon, sweet potatoes, Cassava (tapioca) and exotic fruits.
Seychelles food and dishes: Coconut Curry, Ladob, Salted Fish, Shark chutney, Grilled Fish or Octopus etc
Seychelles Coral reef area: around 600,000 km² (230,000 sq. miles)
Seychelles highest mountain: Morne Seychellois’, with 905m or 2,969ft.
Seychelles Pirate Hideout: Anse Forbans (Pirate’s Cove) on Mahé and Côte d’Or on Praslin. It is believed that famous pirate Olivier Levasseur hid a treasure worth more than $160,000 that remains unfound.
Seychelles Forest Conservation: Around 50% of its landmass is occupied by national parks and reserves
Seychelles Marine Conservation: By 2020, 410,000 sq km or 30 per cent of Seychelles’ waters are Marine Protected Areas
UNESCO world heritage sites: Vallee de Mai (Praslin island) and the Aldabra atoll
Earth Rarest Trees in Seychelles: Jellyfish trees in Mahe island & Coco-de-Mer palm in Praslin island
World’s second-largest coral atol: Aldabra atoll (Also World largest raised coral atol) Area: 155.4 km²
First marine park in the Indian Ocean: The Sainte Anne Marine National Park, 1973.
Oldest oceanic islands on earth: Seychelles’ granitic islands
Smallest capital in the world: Victoria, The capital of Seychelles.
Largest seed in the world: Coco de mer seeds or Love nut in Praslin island (about 20 Kgs)
Largest arthropod in the world: Coconut crab (Robber crab or the palm thief) in Seychelles
World largest colonies of Lesser Noddy Seabird: Aride Island.
World largest Tortoises Population: Aldabra Atoll 152,000+ giant tortoises (that’s more tortoises than there are humans in Seychelles!)
World’s heaviest land tortoise: Esmeralda, he’s a guy, 363 Kgs, 170 years old living in Bird Island
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