Today’s Daily Cool Photo was taken on an island in the Republic of Yemen, Socotra. It’s a small archipelago of four islands in the Indian Ocean (off the coast of Yemen). The largest island of the four makes up 95% of the landmass of the archipelago and is located 240 km East of the Horn of Africa and 380 km South of the Arabian Peninsula. Socotra is one of the most isolated places on planet Earth – one third of it’s plant life (nearly 700 species) isn’t found anywhere else on the planet.
Socotra was recognized as a World Natural Heritage site by UNESCO in 2008. The entire flora of the Socotra Archipelago has been assessed for the IUCN Red List – 3 Critically Endangered and 27 Endangered plant species were recognised in 2004. It may be remote, but just over 42,000 people call this archipelago their home. Some residents raise cattle and goats and the chief export products of the main island are dates, ghee, tobacco, and fish.
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