Socotra Island: the "Galápagos of the Indian Ocean."


Photo of dragon's blood tree by Piotr Kot.

The LA Times has a neat photo gallery of Yemen's Socotra Island.

Isolated from continental land masses for 18 million years, Yemen's Socotra Island showcases an alien-like landscape with unusual plants and animals, such as the blood dragon tree, pictured, and desert rose. Its high degree of biodiversity has earned it the name the "Galápagos of the Indian Ocean."

Socotra Island's beautiful and bizarre landscape