Tortoises thrive on coral atoll where the creatures outnumber humans 10,000-to-one

Aldabra giant tortoises are pictured at a botanic garden in Mahe, Seychelles on March 5, 2012 (AFP_File, Alberto Pizzoli)

It is perhaps not surprising that there are only a handful of humans on one of the most remote islands on Earth, coral atolls far out in the turquoise seas of the Indian Ocean. What is unexpected are the 100,000 giant tortoises — more than are found on the world famous Galapagos Islands — with some weighing a staggering 250 kilogrammes (550 pounds) and with shells more than a metre (yard) across.

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