A VISIT TO BIMINI’S MARINE ENVIRONMENT (1)
Abaco is fortunate already to have special conservation areas, both on land (e.g. the huge National Park) and at sea (e.g. Fowl Cay Marine Preserve). Other preserves are in active stages of development. Elsewhere in the Bahamas, where the natural life is equally wonderful, battles are being fought to protect pristine habitat from the encroachments of modern life such as unsuitable development (or development in unsuitable locations). For this first look at Bimini, I am most grateful to Bimini’s Marine Protected Area Campaign for permission to use some of their wonderful photographic archive that illustrates the vital importance of the mangroves, reefs, sea grass and pristine sea to marine life large and small. It’s worth checking out the background and surrounding context of these images to see the sort of habitat the creatures depicted prefer. This post features some of the larger species.
NURSE SHARK NURSERY IN THE MANGROVES
A pregnant female southern stingray, seen from below
CREDITS: Bimini’s Marine Protected Area Campaign with many thanks for use permission of their material including images © Grant Jonson / 60 Pound Bullet Photography, and to all other photographers featured. Overall, cheers to Bimini, wildlife and conservation…
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We are so lucky that there are still people and organizations so devoted to protecting Earth’s marine wildlife. Great photos here and interesting post, RH. I can never get enough of the hammerheads especially.
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Thanks Jet. Bimini (as elsewhere) has been having a great struggle with development on a large scale for such small and ecologically sensitive place. But as you say, it’s reassuring how many organisations and people are there to help to redress the balance [nb I’m not against all development – just disproportionate ones, or inappropriate proposals (e.g. dredging through coral reefs)]
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