Magical Mangroves

Recently, we were fortunate enough to make a trip to Kenya to visit some friends in Nairobi and hit the coast (thanks Voyager miles)… In the next while I’ll be posting a few things we did whilst we were up there… First off, we were at Shimoni on the coast, at a great locale called the Mwazaro Lodge. This place is right on a huge mangrove that apparently has all nine types of mangrove trees that are found in Kenya.

We were really lucky to arrive for the spring tide, which meant we had a full moon and extremes in terms of low and high tide. This meant beach swims in the mornings and a walk among the mangroves when the tide went out and before it got too hot at midday. I think the pictures tell it better and there is also a video of the mangrove boat tour we did at high tide. Does anyone know what the benefits of mangroves are (if any)? Or are they just a unique ecosystem that can survive in saline and fresh water?

Sprouting mangrove seed

Full moon

Morning tide going out

Midday low tide

Midday mangroves

Midday mangroves 2

I wanna go back to my little brown shack...

Mangrove boat trip

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4 Responses to Magical Mangroves

  1. Niall June 28, 2011 at 8:56 am #

    wow – this looks amazing!

  2. mol-d June 28, 2011 at 9:09 am #

    it was great! super-relaxing and quite a unique setting. the mangroves spanned a huge area and we were right next to the river. mid-way through the tides we were swimming in this greeny-blue, sea-fresh water… it made me think of the mangroves in durban and their state… not sure if anyone knows?

  3. mol-d June 29, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    found some stuff on mangroves:

    Benefits of the Mangrove Tree

    Mangrove wetlands provide breeding, nursery and feeding areas for a great variety of life, including endangered and threatened species.

    Mangroves also filter upland run off.

    Mangroves buffer wave action during intense tropical storms (including hurricanes).

    Mangroves hold soil during periods of heavy precipitation stabilizing shoreline sediments.

    Key Contribution

    While many people are aware of these mangrove benefits, few of us know about one of the most important contributions these trees make to marine ecology. That contribution is in the form of the leaf litter that falls from mangroves and is subsequently broken down by microorganisms to begin the first link in the food chain for a large segment of the tropical aquatic community, including most of our important commercial and sport fish species.

    source

  4. Helen McNulty June 29, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    That’s really interesting. Recently when we were in Zululand we went on a boat trip where there was a section of mangroves.Lots of hippoes in the water and wild life on the shore.

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