Biggest mangrove belt | South China Morning Post
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Biggest mangrove belt

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 March, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 March, 1996, 12:00am
 

The Sundarbans are the largest littoral mangrove belt in the world, stretching 80 km inland from the coast. Mangrove swamps and jungle cover 38,500 sq kms, of which about a third is covered in water.


Since 1966, the Sundarbans have been a wildlife sanctuary, home to an estimated 400 royal Bengal tigers and 30,000 spotted deer. The park is also home to 'sea gypsy' families who catch fish using trained otters.


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