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Marine Reserve New Caledonia Ilot Goelands
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Ilot aux Goelands is a tiny lagoon island surrounded by a large shallow reef flat. The island is closed to visitors from November to March - the breeding season of the Rosate tern (Sterna dougallii). The tiny sea bird, known in French as Goéland,  is on the Red List for endangered species with an estimated 55,000 breeding pairs in the world. About 4000 nesting couples migrate to New Caledonia each year and build their nests on this tiny island. The female lays one or two (rarely three) eggs in a scooped out hollow of sand on the beach. They plunge dive for fish in the shallows around the island.

The Goelands anchorage is extremely popular on weekends, even when the people are not allowed to go onshore. For details on this and other anchorages in New Caledonia order the Cruising Guide to New Caledonia.

Copyright: Richard Chesher
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Uppladdad: 01/12/2009
Uppdaterad: 23/05/2014
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Tags: goelands; marine reserve new caledonia; endangered bird; new caledonia anchorage
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