The peacock flounder changes its color and the pattern on its skin to exactly match the sea floor. One of the eyes recognizes the pattern of its surroundings. If this eye is covered by sand, the peacock flounder can’t camouflage itself. (Via) These photos, both taken by Michael Buchanan, were entries in the first international [...]
The above photo, taken by Richard Stanage, was adjudged the overall winner of the first International Dutch Caribbean Nature Photo Contest, which was organized by the Saba Conservation Foundation and the Dutch Caribbean Nature Alliance (DCNA). See more of the other beautiful photos that were entered in the competition at the DCNA website.
Sint Maarten is at the crucial point of destroying the last of what draws crowds of dollar-touting tourists to this once-pristine Caribbean island. By Patrick Holian.
It is my pleasure to present the first Green Antilles interview. Jadira Veen is co-founder and President of the Sint Maarten PRIDE foundation, a non-profit environmental organisation. She spoke to Green Antilles about her work, what inspires her, and her hopes for a greener Sint Maarten and a greener Caribbean. Green Antilles: First, please introduce [...]
Sailors for the Sea reports on what the organizers of the recently held St. Maarten Heineken Regatta have been doing to make the Regatta cleaner and greener: [T]he best part of [the event] for us at Sailors for the Sea has been watching the regatta step up their Clean Regattas certification to the Silver level [...]
News from Cayman about a project to evaluate the risk of ciguatera poisoning associated with lionfish consumption: A study to determine if Cayman’s lionfish carry the toxin that causes ciguatera poisoning is under way, but so far there have been no reports of humans contracting the illness from eating the invasive species. Researcher Bill Davin, [...]
More news has come to light to suggest that it may not be a good idea to fight the Caribbean lionfish invasion by eating the critters. The St. Maarten Nature Foundation warns of lionfish-related ciguatera risk: The Nature Foundation is recommending that the Invasive Lionfish not be eaten or consumed based on a recently concluded [...]
Ten new volunteers have been trained to conduct Reef Checks in St. Maarten: On November 5th and 6th a group of ten volunteers attended a Reef Check training course held by the St. Maarten Nature Foundation. Reef Check is a coral reef research method designed to be both simple yet effective in researching the health [...]
The St. Maarten Nature Foundation is taking steps to make sure that people comply with the new ban on shark fishing: The Nature Foundation [has] issued a press release about people who are trophy hunting the resident shark population within the Man of War Shoal Marine Park and subsequently killing them. … “Sharks have a [...]
The New York Times has published an article about the masses of seaweed that have been washing up on Caribbean beaches: Aa invasion of seaweed that is extraordinary in volume and geographic scope has been besieging the eastern Caribbean since June, sending resorts and government agencies from Anguilla in the north to Tobago in the [...]