I’ve never heard of Mangrove tunnels until I moved to Florida. I was researching adventurous things to do in Sarasota, Florida and one of the very first things that popped up on Google was, take a Kayak trip through the Mangrove tunnels. I looked at my screen with confusion and began to type into google images Mangrove tunnels. I for one think nature is beautiful but I also find it sometimes to be a little scary and sometimes it makes me feel itchy. When I was observing these photos of the tunnels online my first thought was, “people actually kayak through there?” My second thought was, “I wonder how many reptiles and amphibians live in these tunnels?” and my last thought was imagining myself on this kayak tour and frantically freaking out because I’ve either fell in the water or some creature is trying to enter my kayak. Regardless of my fearfulness I still find these tunnels uniquely fascinating and surprisingly beautiful.
My Biodiversity class recently had a field trip where we were able to see parts of the Mangrove tunnels. The tunnels are just like the pictures, they almost seem mystical as if they belonged in some sort of fairy tale or Brothers Grimm movie. I knew right away that I wanted to research these tunnels and learn more about them and maybe it might further persuade me to take a tour of them. The everglades contains the largest Mangrove forest in North America. There are various of different species that live in these tunnels. The water is a mix of fresh water and salt water. Surprisingly enough when you research Mangrove tunnels into Google you are left with hardly any information. There is more information regarding the tours through the mangroves rather than actual information of the importance of the mangrove, what species lives in the mangroves, and so on. The lack of research I found was disappointing, but I will continue to search for information or maybe not maybe ill just go on a tour and find out everything I need to know through observing the mangroves in person.