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Celestun, on the NW coast of Yucatan, is home to the Celestun Special Biosphere Reserve (see also the UNESCO tentative list), a migration way station for flamingos and other birds, and one of the larger mangrove swamps, and according to the UNESCO report, possibly the largest concentration of mangroves in Mexico. Mangroves are one of those rare plants that can exist in the boundary zone between fresh and salt water; in addition, their extensive strong root system helps protect coastal areas from erosion by hurricanes and tidal surges. The roots also shelter various fauna such as oysters and brine shrimp. You can get a glimpse of the root structure on the right side of this photo.

The photo was taken while we were on a guided tour of the swamp (by a bilingual ornithologist).

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