Televisa recently posted a video highlighting the fauna of the Cuba’s Jardines de la Reina reserve, said to be the “best preserved marine sanctuary in the world” [Also see our previous post Gardens Worthy of a Queen: Cuba’s Jardines de la Reina/]. This report delves into the great variety of sharks that can be found in the Doce Leguas [Twelve Leagues] area, and a cay where one can find an abundance of iguanas and giant rodents called jutías, which are endemic species of Cuba.
The video also highlights a large and healthy colony of corals, unique because it is disappearing in other parts of the region—Acropora Palmata, one of the most important species in the Caribbean, also known as elkhorn coral. The film narrator states that, although it was one of the most abundant coral species in the Caribbean, more than 80% of the colonies of this coral have been lost.
Eduardo Najera (Costa Salvaje) underlines, “The importance of finding healthy colonies of Acroporas Palmata, such as these in Jardines de la Reina, is that these populations are able to provide new corals for other regions on the planet as well as other regions in the Caribbean.”
The article also explains that, in the Jardines de la Reina area, there is a record number of species of shark species: 10. “Sharks are 18 times more abundant at Jardines de la Reina than places that have open fishing close to Jardines de la Reina. The numbers depend on the species being studied, but they range from 2 and 3 times to almost 20 times the abundance of biomass,” concludes Fabián Pina Amargós, of the Center for Research on Coastal Ecosystems of Cuba.
For original video, see http://noticieros.televisa.com/videos/tiburones-los-jardines-reina/ or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jD6XsXCdAhc