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Kosi Bay
Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
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   Kosi Bay supports a great variety of fish and other aquatic fauna. It probably provides the only recruitment for several species of marine fish found along the KwaZulu-Natal coast. There are eight known Red Data fish species in the area, most of which have their largest known populations in the Kosi System.[3]

 

Coordinates: 27° 0' 0 S, 32° 50' 0 E
Vast inland coastal lakes of Kosi Bay, KwaZulu-Natal east coast on the border with Mozambique. [1]

 

Kosi Bay is a series of four interlinked lakes in the Maputuland area of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

The lakes form part of the Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The closest town is Manguzi, some 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) away from it. Kosi Bay estuary is only 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) from the Mozambique border. It is possible to walk from the estuary to Ponta do Ouro in only an hour or so. It is one of the quietest beaches in South Africa.The Kosi River Mouth is known as "the aquarium" because of the clarity of the water and the abundance of fish species.

Bird species in the area include the Palm-nut Vulture, Pells Fishing Owl, White-backed Night-heron, and kingfishers. Duiker, hippopotamus, crocodiles and Bull sharks are also present, and loggerhead and leatherback sea turtles lay their eggs on the beach. The Bay is noted for its aggressive Bull shark population. The sharks are locally known as Zambesi[1]. The Kosi Palm has the largest leaf of any plant in the plant kingdom. Endemic species include the Kosi cycad, Kosi Fern and cycads. It is one of very few places on Earth where 5 different species of Mangrove trees are found in one area. Kosi Bay is particularly famous for the traditional fish traps built to trap fish moving in and out of the estuary with the tide. [2]


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References
 
1. Flickr-Kosi Bay- Creative Commons Attribution License-retrieved 9/24/2009
2. Wikipedia-Kosi Bay-retrieved 9/26/2009
3. Kosi Bay System-retrieved 9/26/2009
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