Inscribed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites since 2001, this location covers the Fernando de Noronha National Marine Park (FNNMP) and the Atol das Rocas Biological Reserve. Situated on the Southern Atlantic submarine ridge, the Rocas Atoll is one of the smallest in the world, and the only one existing in the Southern Atlantic Ocean. The FNNMP is characterised by high cliffs alternating with sandy beaches.
There are fewer than 10 island sites in the South Atlantic, and this location represents over 50% of the total island surface of this entire marine region. Oceanic islands play a key role in the reproduction and dispersal of marine organisms and serve as a staging-post enabling species to colonise other coastal regions and the surrounding seas.
The spectacle offered here by the ebb and flow of the tides is truly exceptional. At high tide only two sandy islands and a handful of rock formations emerge from the waters. At low tide the scenery changes radically; the entire island’s surrounding reef is exposed, thus taking on the appearance of a natural aquarium.
This site includes the largest concentration of tropical seabirds in the Western Atlantic Ocean. The highly productive waters of the area serve as a feeding ground for species such as tuna, the marlin, sharks and turtles. An oasis of marine life in a relatively barren oceanic region, the islands play a central role in the process of reproduction, dispersal and colonisation by marine organisms in the entire tropical South Atlantic.
Jaeger-LeCoultre invites you to discover the photographic reports and video coverage of the Brazilian Atlantic Islands on the website of The New York Times starting from 7th December.