Exploring Mangrove Biodiversity – the Forests in the Sea

Sponges, tuncates, and other invertebrate life growing in profusion on the roots of Red Mangrove trees in the Belize Cays.

Sponges, tuncates, and other invertebrate life growing in profusion on the roots of Red Mangrove trees in the Belize Cays.

 

Mangroves are the trees that can stand to have their roots in salt water – the buffer between land and sea.  They form incredibly important nursery grounds for marine life, and habitat for lots of other wildlife as well.  They also protect coastlines and provide lots of useful resources.  I was tapped to do a story on Mangroves for National Geographic magazine, apparently because I have a high tolerance for mud and mosquitos.

See my full photo gallery of mangrove images at www.timlaman.com.

 

 

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