Ilhéus das Cabras
Protected Area of Resources Management
With about 112 hectares, this coastal marine area encompasses the underwater volcano of Ilhéus das Cabras (islets) and presents semi-submerged caves and grottos, boulders and pebbles’ deposits, sandy seabed and rocky reefs associated with high biodiversity of marine life.
The Gruta dos Ratões (cave), on the north coast of the western islet, distinguishes by being one of the few places in the Azores where there are concentrations of reproductive Myliobatis aquila in large scale. Many other species of fish, such as Anthias anthias, Diplodus sargus, Epinephelus marginatus, Sphyraena viridensis and Seriola rivoliana, and other vertebrates and marine invertebrates can also be seen.
This area integrates a Special Protection Area (SPA) within the Natura 2000 network and constitutes an Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) from BirdLife International organization.