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The lake is a true paradise for birders, as there are fantastic bird watching opportunities. Amongst the birds which can be observed are [[Madagascar fish eagle]], [[Glossy ibis]], [[Humblot's heron]], [[African darter]], [[Purple Heron]], [[Madagascan jacana]], [[Madagascar paradise-flycatcher]] and [[White-faced whistling duck]].
The lake is sacred to the [[Sakalava]] people. Visitors have the chance to visit a ''doany'', a place where the Sakalava perform their sacred ritual called ''joro''. The joro takes place once a year, usually in July. At the ritual the Sakalava bless the ancestors and afterwards admire the sacred lake.
=== Legends about Lake Ravelobe ===