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Wild life of qeshm
  • Wild Life Of Qeshm

Qeshm is situated in a subtropical strip in the northern hemisphere along Persian Gulf, which gives it unique conditions and great potential for vegetation and animal life. From October through March, the weather of Qeshm Island is among the best in the world, With an average of 19 c in January. In addition the fresh water streams, palm groves, neadows and sandy areas of the island attract a varied collection of resident and migratory birds. Most of the birds attracted to the Mangrove forest because of fish, nourishing vegetation and the unspoiled refuge that the shallow waters and sandy areas provide them with. 

The geographic location of Qeshm island, with the Mangrove forest, deserts, and other natural habitats have made the island ideal and basis for bird and marine life to prosper. The Heron, the Egret and the White spoon billed are a few of the birds found in Qeshm. Among the birds that dwell in the shallow waters along Qeshm’s shores is the Dalmatian Pelican, which is the largest among the pelican family. The pelican, migratory bird of Qeshm island, is mostly seen in the Mangrove forest in the spring and autumn seasons. The 170 cm-tall bird is known to live beside the water and go toward the shore to rest-thus it has an ideal home at Qeshm island. However, pelicans are scarce and are listed as endangered by IUCN, as about only100 are spotted annually in Qeshm. Various insects, reptiles, birds and mammals live in Qeshm. Among the mammals gazelle and fox and among the birds one can name the white falkons. More than 50 species of bivalve mollusks, gastropods, cephalopods, crabs and corals can be found on Qeshm coasts. The crab Plover is particularly dependant on the sanctuary that the Mangrove forest provides, and may be the most important species that Qeshm houses because of its internationally rare status. While some birds use Qeshm as a restful stop-over from the long journey of their migration route, which begins in the south and east of Africa an goes to Eurasia and Siberia, many species of birds including some of the endangered, call the Mangrove forest home. They nest and breed  in the forest and surrounding areas.

one can also see different kinds of shrimps, shells, sea urchins, sea porcupines and sea cucumbers in Qeshm waters

A type of amphibian known as gel-khorak can also be found in the Hara forest. The variety of fishes as well as sharks, dolphins and whale species as long as 12m can be found there.

Some sea turtles in Qeshm have sometimes be seen whose shell is 2m in diameter and in summer they lay eggs on the coast neighboring Shibderaz or Namakdan mounts.