Photographer's Note

Trincomalee is a port city on the east coast of Sri Lanka. The city is built on a peninsula, which divides the inner and outer harbours. It is one of the main centers of Tamil speaking culture on the island. It has been a sea port that has played a major role in maritime and international trading history of Sri Lanka.

This photo was taken on an island just off the coast of the neighbouring village of Nilaweli. Fringed by a coral reef, Pigeon Island is one of two marine national parks of Sri Lanka. The reason this park is unique is that it´s the only national park to harbour a colony of beautiful Blue Rock pigeons. The national park also contains some of the best remaining coral reefs of Sri Lanka. Many of the 100 species of corals and 300 coral reef fishes recorded around the Trincomalee area are found in the national park. Juvenile and adult Black-tip reef shark are seen around the shallow coral areas as are the Hawksbill turtle, Green turtle and Olive Ridley. This is the boat we came out on...

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