IKARIA (Island) NORTH AEGEAN
As for the animals, apart from the well-known reptiles, there’s “korkophylos”, a kind that looks like a small crocodile. On the island’s rocky shores many species of birds, both rapacious and non-rapacious, find refuge, while flocks of migratory birds stop at some points of the island. Hence, we see species of wild duck and swan in the small and large dams of the Raches region. Apart from the variety of dairy animals found in Evdilos, the visitor travelling along the road will often see the wild goats (raska) - famous for their tasty meat.
Ikaria is renown from antiquity to the present day for its unique therapeutic Hot Springs (Therma, Agios Kirikos), as well as for its fish (Icthyoessa), such as “sargos”, “skaros”, “kefalades”, “balades”, “skorpines”, “thrapsala” and others.
In the seas of Ikaria, mammals such as the Mediterranean Seal find refuge, as well as the Rhino Dolphin and the Zono Dolphin, which in other parts of the Mediterranean are endangered species. Recently, studies have been conducted so as to locate sperm whales and other kinds of whales-all parts of a program by Essex University.
This text (extract) is cited January 2004 from the Evdilos Municipal Cultural Organization tourist pamphlet.
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