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In Kenya there are also the "Big 5" of the Indian Ocean

The rich fauna that populates the Kenyan coast

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The Indian Ocean also has its "Big 5". It is not only the savannah of Kenya that can attract tourists from all over the world with the charm of its wild nature and the charisma of its animals, and to be able to show off the "Top 5" of the most loved, sought after, captured photographically or with video. 
If His Majesty the Lion, with the Leopard, Rhinoceros, Elephant and Buffalo are the kings of the national parks in the heart of Kenya, the marine reserves of Watamu and Malindi can also boast their "Big 5". 
The Watamu Marine Association reminds that you could choose between more than 10 varieties of dolphins and as many whales. In order to simplify and make the search for diving, snorkelling and boat trips easier for lovers of diving, snorkelling and boat trips, we would like to remind you of the ranking of the most seen off Watamu: Of course, the equatorial dolphins stand out (this year they are particularly present and flickering, and also striated dolphins, "bottle-nosed" dolphins, humpbacked dolphins have been sighted), followed by sea turtles (which on the beaches of Watamu, Mida, Mayungu and Malindi Marine Park go to lay their eggs), from the Humpbacks (Humpbacks) whose spectacular pirouettes off the coral reef are rare but particularly exciting and the whales (Whales, present in the Indian Ocean dwarf whales, but also the fearsome killer whales), which it is absolutely not easy to spot, but which occasionally appear especially off Mambrui. The fifth of Kenya's big marine family is the one we always hope not to meet, if not on board a well protected boat, the shark. There are many different types, although it is increasingly rare to see the most feared, the ghostly white shark. In the Tanzanian coasts, but with the currents some specimen could appear even in our country, there is the ancient and particular Dugongo, a dolphin-balenoptera as nice to see as it is grumpy. Not to mention the manta rays, sailfish and other known species, especially valuable from a culinary point of view, the fish "park" in front of Malindi and Watamu certainly offers fantastic excursions.

 

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