Malpelo is a small Colombian island (about 2.5 kilometres long, 800 metres wide) and surrounded by a number of smaller rock outcroppings. The highest elevation is the Cerro de la Mona with a height of approximately 300 metres. It is of volcanic origin and located some 500 km off the coast of Colombia. Malpelo represents the highest elevation and the only island that rises above the surface of the around 300 kilometres long and 100 kilometres wide underwater Malpelo Ridge.
The islands’ waters host hundreds of hammerhead sharks who come here to reproduce, as well as more than 30 other shark species. On July 12, 2006, Malpelo was declared by UNESCO as a natural World Heritage Site.
Colombia 2004, Malpelo.
Colombia 2016, Malpelo.