Deserta Grande Island

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West coast of Deserta Grande Island
Deserta Grande island is located in Atlantic Ocean
Deserta Grande island
Deserta Grande island
Location of Deserta Grande Island in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Deserta Grande Island is the main island of the Desertas Islands archipelago, a small chain of three islands in the Portuguese Madeira Islands Archipelago of Macaronesia.

West coast of Deserta Grande Island, from nature reserve base.

It is located 23 kilometres (14 mi) southeast of Madeira Island, off the western coast of North Africa in the Atlantic Ocean.

Nature reserve[edit]

The island is part of the Desertas Islands nature reserve, with a warden's base midway along the western coast.

South of the base, no approach to the island closer than 100 m is permitted in order to protect the critically endangered Mediterranean monk seal breeding population. Access is permitted to the north of the nature base.[1] Some activities, such as line and spear fishing, are banned.

The large, critically endangered wolf spider Hogna ingens is endemic to Deserta Grande.

The island has breeding Cory's shearwaters, Bulwer's petrels and Madeiran storm-petrels.

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Coordinates: 32°31′11″N 16°30′27″W / 32.5197°N 16.5075°W / 32.5197; -16.5075