The Lakes

 

Lake Malawi, known locally as Lake Nyasa, is the ninth largest lake in the world and lies between the countries of Malawi on the west and Tanzania and Mozambique on the east. It is 360 miles long and 25 miles wide, with an approximate area of 8,683 sq mi, and reaches depths of 2,300 feet. The lake has a visibility of up to 70 feet. Lake Malawi contains a greater variety of indigenous species of Cichlid fishes than any other lake in the world. World Wildlife Fund researchers have identified over 500 species to date that are not found anywhere else in the world. Click on image to be re-directed to wikipedia for more information. 

Lake Tanyanyika is home to some of the most expensive freshwater fish in the world. This lake in Africa is referred to as an "island sea" due to its abundant life and its size. It is the second deepest lake in the world and is inhabited with almost 250 different species of cichlids and over 150 species of other fish. Besides having pricey fish it also has two record breaking inhabitants, the world's largest cichlid at 31" (80 cm) and the world's smallest cichlid at 1.4" (3.5 cm). 

Lake Victoria, also known as Victoria Nyanza.  Lake Victoria is bordered by Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. It has an area of 26,830 square miles (the size of Ireland), and is 250 miles long at its greatest width, making it the world's second largest freshwater lake, after Lake Superior. It also has an average depth of 120 feet, with its deepest point reaching 250 feet. Lake Victoria was once home to more than 500 different species of haplochromine Cichlids before Nile perch were introduced to the lake by the lake's residents. Introduced in the 1950s to provide food for the people of the lake and develop commercial fishery, these predators grow up to 6 feet long, and have successfully wiped out some 250 of these 500 Cichlid species. 

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