|Sunset at Hawksbill Cay – (c) Kip F. Evans/Mission Blue|
But the larger topic of illegal harvesting of marine species is a more pressing issue. This marine protected area is a no-take zone, which means that no fish or invetebrates may be extracted from the park’s waters. Corals and fish are allowed to live and grow naturally, but it will take years before this area will fully recover.
|Playing in the Rain – (c) Kip F. Evans/Mission Blue|
The picturesque Shroud Cay sand bar consisted of no ordinary sand grains but ooids: small, usually 2 mm spherical grains of layered calcium carbonate. This sand pearl forms as a series of concentric layers around a nucleus, be it a shell fragment or silica grain. “Ooid shoals exist throughout the Bahamas, including the Exumas and northern Andros”, states Eleanor Phillips.