Seabirds are birds that spend most of their lives at sea. For this reason, they have developed a range of features adapted to the marine environment.
In The Bahamas, most of our seabirds are summer migrants. They come here in the summer months to breed and raise their young. Over 14 species of seabirds breed in the Bahamas; their preferred habitats are isolated cays with steep cliffs or rocky shorelines, and with low vegetation near to deep water. This is why the GHISNP has the most impressive congregation of Seabirds in the country. Within the park boundaries are Cato, Gaulin and White Rock Cay – nesting sites for migrating sea birds. San Salvador has more species of seabirds nesting on and around these Cays than any other island in the Bahamas. Including magnificent frigatebirds, several species of booby, terns, and tropicbirds.
San Salvador’s Rock Iguanas (Cyclura rileyi rileyi) are among the rarest lizards in the world. These lizards are only found on San Salvador and the surrounding cays. Bahamian and international laws make it illegal to capture, remove or harm rock iguanas. This park, with its extensive seagrass beds, eelgrass beds and coral reefs, serves as a very important breeding ground for conch and other marine animals. It also houses a number of cays such as Green Cay – home to the largest population of the endangered San Salvador Rock Iguana.