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1. No African country names begin with the letters F, H, I, J, O, P, Q, V, W, X, or Y.

2. Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent.

3. African tech startups raise billions of dollars annually, seven African start-ups were included in the World Economic Forum 2021 cohort of 100 Technology Pioneers.

Antongil Bay Humpback Whale Watching in Madagascar

Humpback Whales

Africa's Madagascar Antongil Bay is the most important breeding place for humpback whales in the Eastern Hemisphere.

Africa's Madagascar Antongil Bay is the most important breeding place for humpback whales in the Eastern Hemisphere.

Antongil Bay Humpback Whale Watching in Madagascar

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Go whale watching in Madagascar.

Humpback whale watching
Humpback whale watching

In 1997, the 2,175 sq km, 840 sq. mile or 537,600 acre Masoala National Park which is located on the Masoala peninsula in the northeast of Madagascar was created.  

The Masoala peninsula is enclosed by the Indian Ocean in the east and Antongil Bay in the west. Today the Masoala can only be reached by boat, hiking or bike riding through miles of wilderness. Masoala is a multipart protected area having four land tracts and three marine.

One important area is Antongil Bay, the largest bay in Madagascar. Antongil Bay is a refuge for humpback whales that gather in the bay during mating season feeding on tiny shrimp-like krill, plankton, and small fish. 

Swimming with Humpback Whales
Swimming with a Humpback Whale

Every year between June and September, thousands of humpback whales migrate to Antongil Bay Madagascar to breed and nurse their calves.  Mothers and calves swim close together, often touching one another with their flippers with what appear to be signals of love one reason for the bond is females nurse their calves for almost a year. Humpback whales are known for their magical songs, which travel for great distances through the Bay. 

Whale songs are a series of moans, howls, cries, and other noises are rather intricate sounds that can last for hours. It is most likely that humpback whales sing to communicate with others and to attract prospective mates.


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Africa is surrounded by water but is not an island, here are a few African Island facts.

Madagascar is the 4th large island in the world and is located in the Indian Ocean supporting a unique biology, about 90% of its plants and animals are found nowhere else on earth.

Composed of 155 islands, Seychelles is Africa's smallest country. By far the largest island is Mahe, home to about 90% of the population and the site of its capital city of Victoria.

Cabo Verde has a strategic location 310 miles or 500 km from the west coast of Africa near major north-south sea routes; important communications station; important sea and air refueling site.

Africa is surrounded by water but by definition Africa is not an island because Africa is a continent. Continents can not be considered islands because of their size and also by historic definition since many people who study geography define islands and continents as two different things.

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