Riviera Maya Eco-Adventure - Marine Turtles and Coral at Akumal
Posted Apr 14 2010 11:24am
Shawna snorkeling the beautiful blue Caribbean waters at Akumal, Mexico.
With my snorkel and fins on, I descend into the warm Caribbean Sea to swim
with coral, sea urchins, stingrays and marine turtles. Blue envelops me, pulling
and pushing my body with the current as I swim farther and farther from
shore. Weightless, I float in another world filled with beauty; watching the
amazing life at a distance, yet feeling as if I am uniquely sharing with these
Talk about an up-close and personal view of ocean life! Snorkeling in
the turquoise ocean waters at Akumal on the Riviera Maya in Mexico is very much like swimming in an
aquarium. Marine turtles within an arm-span - incredible. It is an eco-adventure everyone should experience to help them appreciate
the value and importance of ocean life, particularly coral. Above is a short video which features my family and I swimming with the ocean life at this heavenly spot in Mexico.
Akumal's coral and reef system is a part of the great Mesoamerican Reef which
is unique in the Western Hemisphere. Covering nearly 115 million acres, the reef
stretches almost 700 miles from the northern tip of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula
to the Bay Islands in Honduras.
Sadly, the reef is suffering from extensive bleaching caused primarily by
green blooming and over-fertilization of the ocean. Near the Yucatan Peninsula,
the greatest cause of this green blooming is from fertilizer run-off from the
United States and Mexico into the Gulf of Mexico. When a reef is "bleached" it
is killed. Global warming, the tourist industry, and increased or decrease
salinity contents of the water are also harming the coral.
About one quarter of all marine species are believed to depend on coral at
some stage of their development. Many fish live their entire lives on reefs,
while others use them as nurseries; if the coral dies out it is assumed the fish
will too. The economic impact of losing coral is also significant - in the
billions of dollars worldwide. More importantly, what is the impact on humanity
when we have less fish in the ocean to eat?
To prevent this, environmentalists suggest we find ways to use less or no
fertilizers on our lawns, gardens, and farms. Utilizing organic fertilizer, such
as compost and rotted cow manure is the best way to do this.
Please try and help
save our oceans by using more organic practices in your lawns and gardens - you can make a difference!
Visit www.rivieramaya.com to learn more about swimming with coral and marine turtles at Akumal along with other amazing eco-activities on the Yucatan
Peninsula coast in Mexico.