Îles de la Madeleine (Senegal)

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Îles de la Madeleine off the shore of Dakar

The Iles de la Madeleine lie west of Dakar in Senegal. The islands are uninhabited. The main island is Sarpan, known for its Stone Age tool finds. The islands are also known for their birds, fish and plant life. The cliffs are steep, and had been carved by the sea over millions of years. It is one of the smallest national parks in the World.[1]

Îles de la Madeleine National Park[edit]

The Îles de la Madeleine and Cap Manuel, as seen "à trois lieues de distance le soir" by René Antoine Verdun de la Crenne

At just .45 square kilometres (0.17 sq mi),[2] Le Parc National des Iles de la Madeleine is the smallest national park in the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List site. Sarpan (Île aux Serpents), the largest of the islands, is also home to an extremely rare subspecies of Phaeton, a marine bird found only on the Îles de la Madeleine and the Galápagos Islands.

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Coordinates: 14°39′N 17°28′W / 14.65°N 17.47°W / 14.65; -17.47