18 – 22 April 2010
Dimakya Island, Club Paradise
Many snorkelers and divers quickly swim past seagrass beds without stopping to check out the interesting marine life that live there. Seagrass beds are very important marine habitats and ecosystems. With their root like stems, which can extend horizontally under the sand, seagrass beds serve as binders keeping the sandy sediments from washing off onto the reef. This ecosystem also helps to transport sand to beaches. They are an important habitat for many sand-dwelling marine organisms such as sea snails, sea cucumbers, eels, gobies and shrimps.
Seagrass beds also act as nurseries for juvenile reef fishes including economically important groupers and snappers. Seagrass beds are also vital feeding grounds for dugongs and green sea turtles. Other than the seagrass itself, detritus or decomposing organic matter is also food for animals living here.
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