Desecheo Island NWR, Rincon

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Desecheo is a small uninhabited island of the archipelago of Puerto Rico located in the northeast of the Mona Passage; 13 mi (21 km) from the west coast (Punta Hig├╝ero) of the main island of Puerto Rico and 31 mi (50 km) northeast of Mona Island. It has a land area of 0.589 sq mi/376.74 acres (exactly 1.5 km2, or 1,524,613 m2, or 152.46 ha). Politically, the island is administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.Flora and faunaDesecheo, which has no known bodies of surface water, reaches a maximum elevation of 715 ft (218 m) and has an annual precipitation, on average, of 40.15 in (1020 mm). The lack of surface water limits its flora to thorny shrubs, small trees, weeds and various cacti, including the endangered higo chumbo (Harrisia portoricensis). Fauna includes various species of seabirds, three endemic species of lizard (Ameiva desechensis, Anolis desechensis and Sphaerodactylus levinsi), introduced goats and rats, and a population of rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) introduced from Cayo Santiago in 1967 as part of a study on adaptation. Before the introduction of rhesus monkeys the island was the largest nesting colony of the brown booby, however, no species presently nests on the island.
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  • I've visited Desecheo three times for diving. This is an underwater paradise. If you are a certified diver don't miss this dive.  more »
  • Two snorkel/dive spots at Desecheo. This was a fun adventure with over a hundred foot visibility. Plenty of beautiful fish to see at these reefs as well as a shark & sting ray. Watching the divers bel...  more »
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  • Very Beautiful seeing from sunset paradise in Rincon Puerto Rico
  • I remember seeing this island from Rincon. I called it Kong Island.
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