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  • Arthur Mouchet

    THE ISLE OF SOCOTRA The island Socotra lies in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa, belongs to Yemen, and could be one of the strangest places on the planet. Isolated from the main continent for over 7 million years, its plants and animals have deviated on their own evolutionary path and have become unique unto themselves to the point that some describe it as an alien planet here on Earth.

  • Kelsey Kasper

    Dragons Blood Tree on Socotra Island.. weirdest looking place on earth!

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