85 different sharks identified over a 4-month period
Having split from the Indian Subcontinent some 88 million years ago, Madagascar – the world’s fourth-largest island – is a biodiversity hotspot, with its flora and fauna evolving in relative isolation from the rest of the world. Lemurs are undoubtedly the country’s most famous residents, but in fact over 90% of Madagascar’s wildlife is found nowhere else on earth. As a result, travellers here are assured of a unique safari experience, and tourism has become an important part of the Madagascan economy. Now new research has identified another animal – this time a migrant to Madagascar’s shores – that is providing another avenue for wildlife tourism in the country: the whale shark.