Panda Reserves, Tequila Among New World Heritage Sites

Photo of a recently named UN World Heritage site
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The Malpelo marine sanctuary, which sits 314 miles (506 kilometers) off the coast of Colombia, is a popular diving destination known for its underwater caves and steep cliffs.

The newly named World Heritage site is the largest no-fishing zone in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean. Its waters provide a safe haven for many at-risk fish species, such as the giant grouper, the billfish, and the rarely seen short-nosed ragged-tooth shark. Malpelo Island also provides habitat for rare birds such as the masked booby and the swallow-tailed gull.

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Photograph courtesy IUCN/Carl Lundin
 
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