The Boeing 757-200 aircraft operated by Titan Airways arrived at St Helena Airport (see photo attached) on Thursday, 30 July 2020, at 4.31pm following a brief delay due to a technical issue where it had to return to Ascension Island. This was a charter flight from the UK, organised by St Helena Government, and the […] Read more...
Mangroves are shrubs or small trees that grow in coastal saline or brackish waters and are noted for their role in shoreline protection, carbon sequestration and storage, filtering of sediment and pollutants, and as habitat for threatened species.
Photo courtesy of Stephen Clarke.
In Cayman, there are four main species of mangrove:
- Red mangroves, also known as Rhizophora mangle, have dark green leaves with a paler green underside.
- Black mangroves, Avicennia germinans, have dark green leaves with a whitish-green to grey underside, and excrete salt crystals through their leaves.
- White mangroves, Laguncularia racemosa, have thick rounded leaves that are light green on both sides and have notch at the tip.
- Button mangroves, Conocarpus erectus, have leaves that are dark green on both sides.
Mangroves are also home to a number of animal species including turtles, parrots, lobster, tarpon, jellyfish and crabs.
Photo courtesy of Cayman Compass.