Wildlife Of Gujarat
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Marine National Park.
Gujarat has the distinction of creating the countrys first Marine
National Park spread over an area of nearly 458 sq.kms. in the Gulf of Kutch, 30 km. from
Jamnagar. Here corals create fantasies in stone and are the master builders of the Park.
Their limestone fortresses those found near the Pirotan Islands and the rich moist
deciduous forests like those found in the dense forests of the Danes. One of the most
threatened birds, the great Indian bustard finds a refuge in certain pockets of protected
areas. The worlds only four-horned antelope, the chowsingha is found here in healthy
numbers. One of the largest herds of blackjacks grace the grasslands of Velavadar and till
recently Gujarat was the place where flamingos nested in huge numbers. Dugong, a marine
mammal which resembles a seal, along with the rare Borolo species have found home in the
protected areas of the Marine National Park.
one the work of a colony of countless tiny animals - come in an amazing variety of shapes
and sizes, from the convolutedbrain coral corals that look like horns. Here you will find
plants that look like animals and animals that look like plants. Turtles, shrimp, sponge,
eels, sea urchin lurk among the corals and huge schools of fish create a brilliance of
colors that are unknown, unseen and unimaginable to us.
There are fishes to be seen which puff-up when threatened,
octopuses that mimic the color and texture of the surroundings in the blink of an eyelid
so as to vanish without a trace.
There are Gobi's which clean parasites from other fish and
fishes who burrow so deep only their eyes are seen. You will easily spot fishes that look
like stars and spot dolphins herding schools of fish for a hearty meal. Dugong, a marine
mammal which resembles a seal and the rare Boralia species are found in these protected
areas. At times it seems as if every life form here is familiar with the art of magic as
each seem to trick the other for food and shelter. Above the waters, mangrove plants with
their tangled roots and densely packed leaves prevent land based predators from
penetrating but provide scores of birds with nesting and roosting sites. There is no doubt
that life in the coral reef is like witnessing a thousand rainbows in a kaleidoscopic
Contact : Conservator of
Forests, Marine N.P. Jamnagar. Phone: 0288 552077.
Accommodation : PWD Rest
House and Hotels at Jamnagar (Approx. 30 km.)
Beautiful habitat such as this
waterfall is not a rarity, but are there for the interested tourists to discover in
all our National Parks and Sanctuaries
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