|view from Park Headquarters|
|dinghy dock at Warderick Wells|
|Jumped off the boat to swim; found this guy|
|Warderick Wells harbor on left; Atlantic on the right|
|Bahama Grouper. Note variety of corals all around|
|Blowhole on Warderick Wells|
|Shroud Cay, one of the many islands of the Park|
|One of many unusual corals found in|
Exuma Land & Sea Park
We are no longer in the Exumas. We continued north and arrived in the Abacos (northern islands of the Bahamas) two days ago. Yesterday we snorkeled off of Sandy Cay, a place that had thrilled us when we snorkeled there three years ago. Picture a small mountain-like chain of coral just below the waters surface that has been building upon itself for centuries and with the largest corals imaginable at the top. The Elkorn coral reaches out it's enormous arms at distances greater than my arm span.
|Snorkeling off Sandy Cay. These corals were|
beautiful 3 years ago--purples, greens, oranges,
reds, yellows. Few living Elkhorn remaining.
Yesterday was however, not a magnificent repeat of the experience three years ago. Large masses of the huge Elkhorn coral were dead or dying! So much had changed in only three years. So much beauty lost. Heartbreaking is too small a word for this loss. This is a picture of the impact of man upon our climate and our planet. What will be left a generation from now?
|Atop Shroud Cay, at Driftwood Camp|