August 14, 2014
Île Europa, Africa
Photograph by Thomas Peschak, National Geographic
Few divers ever explore the reefs around Île Europa, which lies in a stretch of the Mozambique Channel known for its massive eddies, productive nutrient upwellings, meandering currents—and spectacular surf. Europa, one of a pair of tiny French territories tucked between Madagascar and southern Africa, is a nature reserve and its waters are protected. Every year some 10,000 female green turtles come to these waters to mate, later going ashore to lay their eggs.
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