The Pelagian Archipelago and Linosa Island, Islands of sea turtles
Linosa is a small volcanic Island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea. It is distant 100 miles from Sicily and less than 100 miles from the Tunisian coast.
It is part of the Pelagian Archipelago together with Lampedusa and Lampione, but it’s geological origin is from the Eurasian plate so different from the African plate to which Lampedusa and Lampione belong. The result is that the island of Linosa is characterized by black rocks, black sand and very deep bottoms full of marine life and different species.
On the island live 450 inhabitants and the village is a pearl in the Mediterranean Sea, with its colourful houses and thanks to its quietness and cleanliness this island is an unique place.
The Pelagian Archipelago is famous for the loggerhead sea turtles, especially Linosa Island which is well known as one of the two most important nesting site in Italy.
But not only, in fact, different stories tell us that long time ago on Linosa Island in the caves around the island lived the monk seal called by the inhabitants “sea cow”, this name still remain part of the story of the island as a name place for caves.
Nowadays unfortunately the monk seal is extinct on the island, but dolphins and whales are still swimming in its sea and are very often sighted.
In 2011 the staff of the Marine Turtles Rescue Center of Linosa has started the first research on cetaceans in the waters around the island. Since that, sightings on bottlenose dolphins, striped dolphins, Risso’s dolphins and the rare common dolphins have been regularly reported. Thanks to the eco-volunteers opportunity knowledge on cetaceans in the waters around Linosa increased.