Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Coron Island: Mangroves


I have posted about mangrove forests before.  I find mangrove trees beautiful, the roots sculptural.  The Philippines has around 47 "true mangrove" out of 54 species around the world.  Mangroves are salt-tolerant trees that have adapted to living in salt and brackish water conditions. Mangroves are extraordinary rich habitats that serve as life support system to fish, shrimps and other marine life, birds, reptiles, and some species of mammals (monkeys, rats, etc.).  They also protect the coastline from onslaught of storms and wave surges. 


Coron Island has a healthy mangrove forests---it's one of the remaining old growth forests in the country.  The province of Palawan where Coron Island is located has the longest coastline with the largest remaining stand of mangrove forest (40,000 hectares approximately).  Source
The most dominant mangrove trees here are the Rhizophora species locally known as "Bacauan".  



Get virtually wet at Watery Wednesday

17 comments:

2sweetnsaxy said...

What interesting trees and the scenery is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

Tina´s PicStory said...

great shots! i like the yellow leafs between all the green in the first shot :)

dharma owl said...

just hoping and wishing nobody's illegally harvesting or farming the mangroves. great photos and info too!

EG Wow said...

I have never seen mangroves except in photos. I hope at least some of these are being protected for future generations to enjoy.

CameraCruise said...

Beautiful photos!
Love the last one.

Sylvia K said...

Such a beautiful place and you always find such wonderful water shots! Hope your week is going well!

Sylvia

Míriam Luiza said...

Amei suas fotos! Lindo lugar!

Photo Cache said...

the roots make the mangrove experience all the more amazing to me.

NixBlog said...

Aren't mangroves the most amazing plants!
Loveley shots.

docgelo said...

i also find mangroves beautiful but unfortunately, i have yet to see one.

thanks for sharing, luna!

Genie said...

What a treat to see your photos of the mangroves. We saw them while visiting in Belize and they were amazing. It is like you are in another world when you are in the middle of them. Beautiful captures.genie

Water come to me
Flow over my aging toes
Bring your soothing touch

AL said...

Hahaha wait we have the same picture, okay I'll change mine!

Roberto Machado Alves said...

Beautiful pictures and very well captured. In Brazil we also have many mangroves. In the first picture, the roots seem tentacles.


Roberto, Rio de Janeiro

Deb said...

love the roots...the color of the water is so pretty...

Francisca said...

I share your attraction to mangrove trees. Had no idea there are 54 species! Lovely photos of Coron, Luna. It's a place I'd like to return to one day.

Kim, USA said...

Love to see mangroves are still in tact and are not cut off by people. Great water shots!

The Falls

Glenn said...

Never been to Coron. The pictures you've posted are very enticing. Hope to visit Coron soon. Do you think Coron should have been included in the Wonders of the World?