Some people assume that all islands have the same flora and fauna, and the same animal inhabitants. But the American Samoa is different from, say, Hawaii. For instance, did you know that in the American Samoa there are only three native species of land mammals? All three are different varieties of fruit bats and flying foxes. At first, it may seem like there aren't any birds living on the island. But just because there aren't any seagulls in the harbor doesn't mean that the air is free from flying creatures. The cardinals and wattled honeyeaters
inhabit the forest, along with Samoan starlings
and Pacific pigeons. The pigeons are savored by the islanders, and these birds have become extremely wary of people as a result, so you're lucky if you catch a glimpse of one. If you go diving, you'll be able to relish the sights of hundreds of different fish living in the waters surrounding and running through the island. Some say that the number of species is as high as eight hundred! The most common varieties are damselfish
, surgeonfish, wrasse
. While you're swimming and diving, you will be able to enjoy the beauty of the coral reefs that thrive there. Many people don't realize that corals are living animals. They look like inanimate rock but that couldn't be farther from the truth. There are over two hundred varieties of coral native to the American Samoa, which represent roughly one-third of all the corals in the Indo-Pacific region. Each one of more beautiful than the next, and they're most definitely worth a look.