Thursday, July 14, 2011

Melancholy Mangroves

According to Treehugger and Brian Skerry, who took this great shot, this is a lemon shark pup only a few months old (about 12 inches in length), and it swims in the shallow water (about 12 inches deep) of a mangrove on the Bahamian island of Bimini.

Mangroves serve as natural nurseries for sharks and many other species of marine wildlife, offering protection until they are large enough to live in the open ocean.

After this photograph was made, much of the mangrove habitat in Bimini was destroyed by developers building a resort and golf course.

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