Sep 13, 2021
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Socotra in danger

Those who are lucky enough to visit the Yemeni island of Socotra, or at least see the photographs taken there, know that this is just the same cosmic beauty place. Unique, pristine beauty of nature. Well, neither give nor take – a lost world.

From above, the island looks like this:

On the map, he is in the lower right corner

And below, on the ground, there is unreal beauty.

By the way, the landscapes are quite varied. There, in fact, a whole archipelago of islands, which bears the name of the largest island – Socotra.

The inhabitants of the island, by the way, have their own separate language. Which had no writing. Our outstanding scientist, whom you can sometimes see as an expert in different programs – Naumkin, compiled a dictionary of this language and came up with how to write it down.

The island has an area of ​​3625 km2. And about 42,000 people live on it.

Expeditions discovered on the island tools of the so-called Olduvai culture – these were some kind of human beings that appeared on the planet 2.4 million years ago and disappeared about a million years ago.

In short, the land is wildly ancient, beautiful, unique, no matter how you look.

When a British scientific expedition arrived there in 1880, its members, to put it mildly, went nuts: in 48 days of work, they discovered about 200 plants and living creatures that were previously unknown.

In the picture below, by the way, the so-called bottle tree. Below they will be.

Here they are. Handsome men. They grow in coastal areas.

There are still bottle trees in Australia, but Socotra is a different species.

But the bottle tree and the dragon tree.

It is called “blood-red dracaena” in science. Also endemic.

Tourists with those and those trees have always loved to be photographed. There are a lot of photos on the web.

Here’s another bottle tree. Begins to bloom.

And now it blooms, pink.

And these are flowers in close-up.

And there are also all sorts of interesting birds, animals, etc.

Some advanced photographers went there for the purpose of photography.


Some kind of lizard. I think it’s big.

Turtles also nest there, lay their eggs in the coastal sand.

Camels are running too.

There are goats.

Crabs, of course. Several types of different colors and shapes.

And in the coastal waters you can see dolphins and whales.

Of course, the underwater world is also surprisingly good and not dirty.

So … now there is a de facto partition of Yemen, which for some time already existed in the form of two countries – North and South, again. I will later write about this separately, as soon as I delve into all the subtleties of what is happening. My colleague, who lives there and who at one time agreed that the former president of the country, Ali Abdullah Saleh, would give me an interview (we never met – he was killed by the Houthis) had not turned on the phone for a week. I hope he is safe and will tell me everything soon.

Yesterday in the news it was said that Saudi troops were being withdrawn from Socotra and representatives of the army of the little-recognized transitional government, which supports the UAE, was seizing the island, bringing the heavy weapons they had seized there by sea. …

There have already been battles in due time. But in the old days, wars were not the same as they are now – now an amazing corner of nature isolated from the rest of the world can be, if not destroyed, but mutilated …

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