Last week my class went to south lido beach to walk around and explore. We ended up seeing a lot of pretty cool things, like a couple dolphins, jellyfish, and fish. What caught my eye though were the mangroves. Not until that day did I realize how important mangroves are to an ecosystem until Mrs. Gore informed us.
Mangroves are referred as “floating forests” due to the fact that they occupy both land and water. These mangroves were everywhere. You can basically think of them like coral reefs. They are the home to many different types of fish, shrimp, mollusks, and crabs, which means it is a valuable food source for the communities like us who live nearby and other animals around the area. Mangrove forests are so abundant with life that a study shows that there are 25 times more fish of some species on reefs closer to mangroves than mangroves that are cut down.
Mangroves are not just the homes to marine life, but they also help trap sediments from flowing so that the coastlines are erosion free. The root systems of the mangroves also help prevent hurricanes from severe damage from the coast. The wood and plants of mangroves are also very valuable. Some of the communities around mangrove ecosystems can use the wood for construction because of its resistance to rot and insects. So because these amazing mangrove systems are so diverse with life, it brings a lot of tourism into its area.
Seeing all of the mangrove tunnels make me want to eventually grab some friends and go kayaking through them. I cannot imagine how many different marine life I would see. The trip to the beach definitely made me want to explore these mangroves more. What a cool experience that must be!