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Why visit the Caspian Sea ?
The Caspian Sea has until recently been difficult for the adventure traveller to explore. The only transport available to navigate this vast expanse of water has been the numerous cargo ships that transport goods to and from the countries bordering the Sea. A Russian initiative to start tourist cruises on the sea is currently being planned and this may well open up the market for more high end travel on the Caspian.
The Caspian region is rich in biological resources and is renowned as the world’s largest spawning grounds of sturgeon. You will find the highly sought after caviar sourced here available all around the world at high end restaurants and retailers.
The biological diversity of the Caspian Sea is relatively small for such a large expanse, but there are a large number of species that are endemic with over 130 fish species. There are also more than 100 species of bird wetland habitats that serve as nesting and migration grounds. The Caspian Sea is also home to the only marine mammal that lives in the Sea – the Caspian Seal.
More than 130 rivers flow that contribute to the vast body of water, and the largest contributor is the river Volga, which provides 80% of the in flowing water. Although the Caspian is saline, the 12% salinity would be better described as brackish rather than sea water.