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Is there any carnivore  island in real life, and if it's real, where is it?

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xtie | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 8, 2012 at 7:50 PM via web

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Is there any carnivore  island in real life, and if it's real, where is it?

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted December 9, 2012 at 2:24 AM (Answer #1)

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Certainly not, unless you stretch the definition of “carnivore” to include Coral atolls in tropical waters that that shelter schools of fish.  Another model for Martel’s fictional meercat island could be the Sargasso Sea islands of floating vegetation, again the home of many marine species.  Given the symbolic nature of the book, the carnivorous island is more likely the earth itself, a “false haven” for Pi’s little boat, appearing to be a relief from his ordeal, but actually dangerous to his “life” (his soul).  The entire book can be seen as an embodiment of religious/philosophical questions, put into physical form, since Pi spends so much time exploring different formal religions.    

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Ada Sison | TA , Grade 10 | Honors

Posted July 1, 2014 at 3:48 AM (Answer #2)

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The carnivore island that Pi encounters in Life of Pi is not real, at least not in our world. The floating carnivorous island made of seaweed and populated by lemurs would not likely exist in the natural world. There could be islands made of volcanic reactions and atolls on Pi's route however.

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