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Geography - La faune

Tourism residence San Martino di Lota

Sporting leisures Aleria
Riva Bella Centre Spa & Thalasso

Cultural leisures Ajaccio
Nave Va

Campings Aleria
Riva Bella Thalasso Resort

Corsica owns an incredible wild life. As in all islands animals are exceptional of ecological interest also. Corsica shelters wild animal communities sea life, remarkable, rich landscape, beaches estuaries, swamps, wild brush mount fields, steep cliffs, lakes and summits create real shelters for the prestigious species with here in the following summary :

The Audouin Seagull: Red beaked with a black stripe, nest in the Finocchiarola reserve in the North of "Cap Corse".

The Bearded Eagle (altore) and the Royal Eagle: This majestic royal eagle lives in the highest summits of the "Cinto" mountains from "Monte d’Oru" (golden mountains) or Bavella Needles. It’s an excellent hunter who feeds itself on small mammals. Living next to it, in the heights is the animals the Corsicans named Altore, an enormous buzzard which measures 3 meters in wing width. Its also called "bone breaker" because it lives off cadavers of whom it breaks it bones by hitting it with its beak. It lives along the mountain sides and flies up to 100km per hour

The Alpine Chough: A small yellow beaked messenger climber and space symbolic of the typically Corsican nature. It lives in the central forest of Laraccio pines up to 1,800 meters.

The Royal Milan: Especially present in " Balagne".

The Fishing "Balbuzard": It Appreciates the fine Cap Corsican fish.

Herman Turtle: Endangered by fires this species is literally doomed to extinction.

The "Bedriaga" Lizard: Especially present in the "Monte Cintu" massif.

Mouflon: That are found in the forests and the wild brush, have lived in Corsica for 8,000 years. It’s the mascot. Today they are only found in the high mountain ranges, sometimes up to 2,500 or 2,600 meters. Its not its natural habitat but it has been pushed there by hunters and forest fires. Every Winter the mouflon come back down to escape from the cold in search of food. Its therefore the best period to observe them, around the Nino and Melo Lakes. The latest count is only amounting to about 500 animals.

Pigs and Wild Boars: There isn't a big difference between the two families. Their meat is wildly eaten on the island, most of the regional dishes are composed of them. The wild boar is quite solitary living deep in the forests. The pigs half wild, half domesticated, wander around in groups in the forests or the village entrances looking for roots or trash.

Fish and shell fish: More than 150 species of fish live in Corsican waters. Diana’s estuary provides the only oyster breeding on the island while many parks produce lovely mussels. The West coast is also known for it’s urchins which find many nesting places on the cracked coast. As for shell fish lobster is queen, one of the best in the Mediterranean.
Out of 150 species living in Corsica about 50 are regularly fished and sold : scorpion fish, red mullet, gilt-head bream, sars, sardines, St-Peter are the most usual.
Sword fish, groupers, porpoises, moray eels, crawfish, greater amberjacks are protected species which are found, especially around the Lavezzi islands and Scandola. Their way of life and reproduction are controlled by the Park agents. In the rivers eell and trout are fished.