Mangrove Expeditions

Explore the mangrove forest with Chris…on a paddle board.  It rocks.

Mangroves are various types of trees up to medium height and shrubs that grow in saline coastal sediment habitats in the tropics and subtropics – mainly between latitudes 25° N and 25° S. The remaining mangrove forest areas of the world in 2000 was 53,190 square miles (137,760 km²) spanning 118 countries and territories.[1][2]

The term “mangrove” comes to English from Spanish (perhaps by way of Portuguese), and is likely to originate from Guarani[disambiguation needed]. It was earlier “mangrow” (from Portuguese mangue or Spanish mangle), but this was corrupted via folk etymology influence of “grove“.

Mangroves dominate three-quarters of tropical coastlines.[4] The saline conditions tolerated by various mangrove species range from brackish water, through pure seawater (30 to 40 ppt(parts per thousand)), to water concentrated by evaporation to over twice the salinity of ocean seawater (up to 90 ppt).[4][5]

An increase in mangroves has been suggested for climate change mitigation.

Approximately 35% of mangrove area was lost during the last several decades of the 20th century (in countries for which sufficient data exist), which encompass about half of the area of mangroves.[51] The United Nations Environment Program & Hamilton (2013), estimate that shrimp farming causes approximately a quarter of the destruction of mangrove forests.[52] [53] Likewise, the 2010 update of the World Mangrove Atlas indicated a fifth of the world’s mangrove ecosystems have been lost since 1980.[54]

Grassroots efforts to save mangroves from development are becoming more popular as their benefits become more widely known.

Shelling on Honeymoon Island

Shelling expeditions can be great fun on the gulf beaches. Join us on the shore with the iconic Don CeSar behind you and the Gulf of Mexico at your feet providing a never-ending selection of shells to purvey.  With some of the best shelling on the Gulf Coast, Tampa Bay is a great place to plan a shelling trip.  Shelling is best early in the day and certain beaches receive more shells than others.

Tampa Bay EcoTours can arrange a picnic along with your guided shelling expedition to satisfy your appetite and refresh your soul.  What do you do with your found treasures? Watch this video from local artist Heather Kendall and perhaps you will be inspired by the shells, too.