What makes the island truly unique though is it's isolation. The island was known to the ancient Egyptians and was written about by Marco Polo, but even so, it had no paved roads until about 2007.
Socotra Island seen towards the far right
Apart from the curious island caverns and beautiful waters, Socotra is best known for its unique flora and fauna, some of the most distinctive on the planet. The tree pictured on Saturday's post, is the Dragon's Blood Tree, so named for it's distinctive blood red sap.
Dragon's Blood Tree
Dragon's Blood Tree Sap
Another unusual and famous native plant, known for its unusually thick trunk and beautiful pink blossoms is the Socotran Desert Rose.
Socotran Desert Rose
The near drought-like conditions on the island have produced a landscape peppered with alien looking plants.
All told Socotra is home to 825 plant species (37% of which do not occur anywhere else on the planet). Additionally, 90% of Scotora's reptile species and 95% of its snail species only occur on this island. Significant numbers of land and sea birds are threatened or endangered and even the marine life is unique, boasting 253 species of reef-building corals, 730 identified coastal fish, and 300 species of crab, lobster and shrimp!
Truely, this isolated island is a unique jewel and will hopefully stay that way for a long time to come.