South Lido: In a new environment

margrove

Photo by me 

Normally I don’t enjoy going to the beaches, however I find it quite interesting being able to see some new things at the South Lido beach in Sarasota. Having to live in a city for most of my life, I didn’t get the chance to see such things like a mangrove tunnel or a sea turtle’s nest. People do say both of those exist in Taiwan, however I have never once seen them there.

Searching up about the mangrove tunnels, I have found that they are a group of about 80 different kind of trees having their roots grow partially above the ground. Eighty different kinds of trees. It really is very impressing how so many trees are able to survive in the salt water. It surely is amusing how they are able to exchange carbon dioxide gas and water vapor during the photosynthesis.

Their ecosystem are also found to be complex since they provides food and shelters for both species under and above the water helping them to hide from the predators. However, over the decades, large number of mangrove tunnels were getting destroying that nearly 35% of them were gone.

turtle

Photo by me 

Although the mangrove tunnel was something amusing to know about, I was more entertained by the nest of the sea turtles. I did know sea turtles lay eggs on the shore in a hole they dug out to protect their eggs and that the female enters back into the water once it is finishing laying and hiding them, however I have ever seen a nest of a sea turtle before. Actually, I have never seen a sea turtle outside a zoo before. Though there were oceans nearby where I lived, it was occupied by us humans that you could barely see any animals except for seagulls.

It is quite depressing how sea turtles are one of the endangered species. People hunt them for their eggs, meat, skin, and shells. Same goes with other predators aiming for the just born baby sea turtles. Over the decades the climax has changed greatly that it has also caused impact on these turtles’ nesting sites. But it was glad to see that there were volunteers to protect their nests. To look over them until they hatch and helping those hatched baby turtles to safely travel into the water.

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