World Environment Day is celebrated on 5 June every year, It was established by the United Nations in 1972 and first held in 1974 to encourage environmentalism and action to protect our planet. This year as we celebrated World Environment Day amid a Pandemic, we can’t help but think of all the great activities we had planned for our divers. During these months of quarantine, we have seen firsthand life slowly returning to at risk ecosystems. Fish species that have not been seen in Bavaro Beach in years are slowly returning to the reefs. Through this uncertainty we have seen the joy of our thriving coral nurseries becoming home to new school of fish. The healthy coral fragments showing positive growth and ready to return to a reef.
As we see these positive changes in our local reefs ecosystems, we remember this Environment Day theme, a concern that the UN defined both urgent and existential: Biodiversity.
To me the sea is a continual miracle; The fishes that swim–the rocks–the motion of the waves–the ships, with men in them. What stranger miracles are there? ~Walt Whitman