31st July - 9th August 2020
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Palau is one of the smallest countries in the world in terms of land mass, ranking 197 out of 249 countries and territories. What it lacks in dry land, Palau compensates in wet variety, offering some of the most biologically diverse waters in the entire world.
Palau's marine ecosystems include barrier reefs, fringing reefs, inner lagoons, sea grass beds, marine lakes, and mangrove forests. Palau's pristine marine habitats support some of the richest populations of corals, fish, and other invertebrates. With over 1,500 species of fish, abundance of large pelagic animals and over 700 species of corals, Palau is one of the most diverse tropical zones.
Palau is located at a cross road between the enormous Pacific Ocean and the Philippine Sea, just outside a geographic region of the world known as the "Coral Triangle". Palau's remarkable biodiversity is mainly attributed to:
Its geographic location, being the meeting point of large bodies of water.
Its wide array of marine environments found in its warm, tropical waters.
The large amounts of nutrients, brought in from the ocean by circulating currents, feeding marine creatures and keeping the reefs vibrant.
The abundance of larvae of various fish, coral and invertebrates, brought in by currents from other locations in the Indo-Pacific.