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KAYAK THE MANGROVES


KAYAK SUNSET & BIOBAY TOUR

vieques mangrove kayak trip to biobay mangrove canals in vieques

Serenity in the mangrove canals.. .


THE MANGROVES OF PUERTO RICO
SEE MANGROVES SLIDESHOW

Puerto Rico has three types of mangroves: Red mangroves, Black mangroves and White mangroves (named for the color of their bark) and Buttonwood which is related and sometimes called a mangrove. All of these line the lagoons and shorelines. What you most readily see from the water is the Red mangrove with its noticeable prop roots. The black and the white mangroves grow behind them. Under normal conditions these trees would reach 60 to 100 feet high but almost all of these trees were leveled by Hurricane Hugo and are recovering. They grow very slowly.

The Mangroves of Puerto Rico are found along the shorelines, fringing the bays and around the lagoons, where there is no wave action The mangroves shed leaves copiously all year long, creating the basic source of food. Bark, twigs, root material, guano from birds roosting in the trees, and organic matter of all kinds including dead animals and loose sea grass trapped in the maze of roots add to it. All decompose to begin the food chain. Bacteria and fungi are the agents that produce edible detritus and are themselves eaten by marine animals often too small to see. They in turn are eaten by larger animals. And finally, larger predators, including humans, come along to harvest the bounty.


See the birds, mangroves and fish, in a very protected environment and learn of the importance of the mangroves. People don't realize that the mangrove ecosystem plays such an important role in our planets ecology. Your guide, makes this educational and very enjoyable, something you'll remember for years to come.


Kayak the vieques biobay by night
Kayak through the Vieques mangrove lagoon canals, out to sunset beach and the biobay after dark!

novillo beach our kayaking destination for dinner before the biobay
Novillo Beach, Vieques. We pull our kayaks up on the beach for the sunset We launch back into the channel at dusk and paddle softly back into the biobay lagoon.


See the red mangroves (Rhizophora mangle), black mangroves (Avicennia nitida or germinans) and the white mangroves ( Laguncularia racemosa) of the Combretum Family.


kayaking the vieques biobay

Returning to the biobay at dusk, after dinner on the beach.

 



black necked stilt  in vieques lagoon oysters on the roots of mangroves
Black necked stilt in the lagoon behind Sun Bay in Vieques • Oysters on mangrove roots.


ELENAS' FAVORITE BIOBAY TOUR VISITS MANGROVE CANALS & FOSSIL BEACH.

SEE MANGROVES SLIDESHOW

Kayak on Novillo beach at the entrance to the biobay getting ready to snorkel having fun on sunset beach bonfire on the beach at sunset


THE MANGROVES OF PUERTO RICO
SEE MANGROVES SLIDESHOW

Puerto Rico has three types of mangroves: Red mangroves, Black mangroves and White mangroves (named for the color of their bark) and Buttonwood which is related and sometimes called a mangrove. All of these line the lagoons and shorelines. What you most readily see from the water is the Red mangrove with its noticeable prop roots. The black and the white mangroves grow behind them. Under normal conditions these trees would reach 60 to 100 feet high but almost all of these trees were leveled by Hurricane Hugo and are recovering. They grow very slowly.

The Mangroves of Puerto Rico are found along the shorelines, fringing the bays and around the lagoons, where there is no wave action The mangroves shed leaves copiously all year long, creating the basic source of food. Bark, twigs, root material, guano from birds roosting in the trees, and organic matter of all kinds including dead animals and loose sea grass trapped in the maze of roots add to it. All decompose to begin the food chain. Bacteria and fungi are the agents that produce edible detritus and are themselves eaten by marine animals often too small to see. They in turn are eaten by larger animals. And finally, larger predators, including humans, come along to harvest the bounty.


See the birds, mangroves and fish, in a very protected environment and learn of the importance of the mangroves. People don't realize that the mangrove ecosystem plays such an important role in our planets ecology. Your guide, makes this educational and very enjoyable, something you'll remember for years to come.



 


 

Watch my video of the daytime Mangrove canals



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