A blurry mix of fresh and saltwater forms a halocline and pristine nesting place for turtles and seabirds migrating across continents. Mangroves are the last chance for the reef as they filter water which has already made its way through the peninsula, collecting pollutants along the way. Different types of mangroves live symbiotically, defending each other from salinity, tannic acid and other organisms, depending on their unique abilities. They are highly intelligent plants, which even create their own soil and form deep roots as a buffer to protect us from hurricanes. As there is no properly configured landfill or public waste water management system in this region, the mangroves take a serious beating. So far the mangroves have persevered, but if we manage to defeat them, we will also kill the reef.
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