Many cute animals live freely in every corner of the blue planet Earth. If you happen to visit these animal paradises, you might as well arrange opportunities to get in touch with them! Please pay attention to your safety, it is not recommended for timid ones.
Pig Island or Big Major Cay, Bahamas
Those who visit the Pig Island (Big Major Cay) for the first time may be quite surprised. It’s not unusual for swarms of piglets to swim around while snorkeling. These residents are said to have been raised by sailors to supplement meat many years ago. But the sailors never returned to the place after the voyage, and the pigs settled and reproduced here. If there is any pig paradise in the world, it is here. The piglet swims in the warm and blue sea park every day. After swimming, he will go ashore to sunbathe. When hungry, he will chew the food provided by tourists and restaurants.
Phillip Island, Australia
There is a place 128 kilometers southeast of Melbourne where you can see the world’s smallest penguin–fairy penguin, also known as “Penguin Island”. Fairy penguin is the smallest penguin in the world, with an average height of only 30 cm and a weight of about one kilogram. Because it has gorgeous blue feathers on its body, it is also called a little blue penguin. Every day before sunrise, groups of penguins go out to sea to hunt for sardines and swim an average of 50-80 nautical miles in the sea a day. When night fell, thousands of little blue penguins landed from the sea and returned to their nests.
In order to protect the island’s ecological system, the local government has set up a natural park with an area of 2,400 hectares, so that the animals on the island are not overly invaded. But because the little penguins are pleasing, the habitat can only allow 500,000 people to visit each year.
Komodo Island, Indonesia
Komodo National Park in Indonesia was established to protect the world’s largest lizard. This is the home of the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. The Komodo dragon looks like a tyrannosaurus when standing, with a body that is two or three meters long and capable of moving a hundred kilograms. As carnivorous animals, they will quietly approach their prey and then attack. When robbing each other of their prey and habitat, they look very fierce, as if the real version of “Jurassic Park” was staged!
Bwindi National Park, Uganda
Uganda not only has beautiful scenery but also is the densest place for primates on the planet, including endangered and rare alpine gorillas. The gorillas in the movie “King Kong” are actually endangered, alpine gorillas living in the jungle. However, it is not easy to see them in person. They only inhabit the Bwindi National Park in Uganda. Before visiting, you must apply for a few permits from the local wildlife authority, usually at least half a year in advance. When approaching the gorilla community, you can hear the sound of crickets from the forest, and then huge black shadows leaped from the tree. So exciting!
Hell Valley Hot Spring Macaque Bathhouse, Nagano, Japan
There is a monkey-only hot spring in the “Hell Valley” park in Nagano Prefecture, Japan-Hell Valley Wild Ape Park, which is the only hot spring in the world with macaque bathing, attracting many tourists from all over the world. The hell valley wild ape park is covered with snow for one-third of each year, so the macaques enter the hot spring to keep warm. If you are lucky enough, you can see the funny picture of the macaque family playing in hot springs. A large group of macaques is soaked in the steamy hot water comfortably, and they all show a refreshing expression, which makes people smile.
Gansbaai, South Africa
South Africa’s Gansbaai is a world-renowned shark-watching spot and has a reputation of “Shark Lane”. Gansbaai is a beach resort town in South Africa. In addition to whale watching, the most well-known local is the “shark cage diving” activity. An iron cage capable of accommodating eight adults was placed on one side of the vessel, at a depth of less than one meter, and the participants put on special clothes and walked into the iron cage to take a closer look at the sharks. To attract the sharks, the staff on the vessel will throw fish bait. The hungry sharks are approaching suddenly, just like the movie “Great White Shark”!
Yellowstone National Park, USA
Yellowstone National Park is the largest wildlife sanctuary in the United States. Bighorn sheep have become an important eco-tourism resource for national parks. Bighorn sheep are named for their males’ curved big horns. Usually, the hair color includes light brown, grey, and brown. They climb the steep mountain walls to avoid the tracking of their natural enemies. Such behaviors often make tourists feel surprised and happy. Often in an instant, a bighorn sheep will appear in your sight.
Curieuse Island, Seychelles
The Seychelles archipelago, located southeast of the African continent and in the midwestern part of the Indian Ocean, was once the territory of the tortoise. Seychelles has long been famous for their honeymoon grounds for Prince William and Princess Kate of the UK. Among them, Currieus has a large number of tortoises. Some tortoises can be seen by the natural ponds along the coasts, and most of the tortoises walk on the island freely, and sometimes they can be heard the shouts of intimacy. Very funny!
Iceland is surrounded by the sea. The sea gives Iceland fresh seafood and colorful marine life. Whale watching is one of Iceland’s most popular programs. Husavik is known as the European whale watching capital, and tourists can take a whale-watching boat and get up close to the whale. Every summer, a large number of tourists crowd in, to take a boat out to see the picture of whales swimming in the Arctic Ocean. Even humpback whales, white beluga dolphins, minke whales, etc. will be found in the sea, making this northern town today the most well-known whale-watching capital in Europe.
Bora Bora Island, French Polynesia
The sheer beauty of French Polynesia made Gauguin, the Impressionist painter, willing to leave everything and escape for. The expansive azure lagoon not only attracts celebrities but also is a shelter for the dancer-manta ray in the sea. The best way to swim with manta rays is to take an outrigger canoe and snorkel in the waters near Bora Bora. You don’t need to scuba dive to see the giant body swimming in the water. Those who come in contact with it for the first time may be afraid of its dark and huge figure, but the manta rays that feed on plankton is a very gentle creature.