Words and image by @sharksneedlove “Yes sharks are important, but their habitat deserves just as much attention.
Mangrove forests offer a nursery ground and home to a variety of life. Sharks, rays, crabs, fish, seahorse and a whole host of other sealife depend on their presence, especially the young who seek refuge in the safety of the mangrove roots. This safe haven is an important first home for many of our oceans inhabitants and we have a duty to protect them.
Many coastlines have already reduced or removed mangrove forests, unfortunately the main reasons are all too often related to human greed- A new community complex or an 'exciting' new hotels being front runners.
#DidYouKnow - The dense root systems of the mangrove forests trap sediment which is hugely beneficial in reducing erosion and hurricane damage. This incredible, natural, filtering process helps stabilizes the coastline and contributes towards the prevention of erosion from the likes of waves and storms. In fact, a study showed in some areas where mangroves systems have been cleared/removed coastal damage from hurricanes and typhoons was considerably more severe.
With this in mind please care about the mangrove forests, they offer a considerable amount more than just being pretty little water trees 💚”
📸 Photo: Keeping it simple with my GPLT and KSD6 Dome Port
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