Nature is the grandest stage in the universe. Our conservation officer on Cousin Island Special Reserve, Chris Tagg, can testify to this. He sees nature in high definition every day. Last week, he saw something amazing.
In the shifting tides, their stilt-like roots anchor them in mud and brackish water, as they stand tall on the boundary between land and sea. They sift out our pollution and trap sediment from land, keeping it from reaching the ocean. They prevent flooding, storm surges, rising sea levels, and erosion. They support a variety of life and are excellent at absorbing and storing carbon. Mangroves are spectacular.
Sharks are some of the most misrepresented creatures. They have a tarnished image in people's minds because of their portrayal in the media, particularly in scary movies. Many people, even those who have never seen one or live far away from the ocean, fear sharks.
Some species you will find in great abundance on Cousin Island are land crabs. When you walk, you have to be careful not to crush them. But do you know crabs fulfil an important ecological role in the reserve?
This Plastic-Free July, make a pledge to reduce your plastic use. It is a great way to help the environment and yourself.