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Islets and Small Islands
Baltic islets and small islands are not quite marine habitats since they are above the water. But they are important for marine mammals and birds.
Small islands and islets are usually not inhabited by people for pretty obvious reasons. But seals find them very suitable as resting and breeding places. The whole islet covered by hauling out seals is not a rare sight in areas where seals are abundant.
Such undisturbed by people and predators land fits to marine birds as breeding and moulting places. An island might be occupied by a single species’ colony or by mixture of several species.
From all tree Baltic States only Estonia has a large number of small islands and islets in its territorial waters.
Single stone islets (Photo: Heiko Kruusi)