We are on our second day at anchor off the mangrove cays that form the southern border to Bahia de Jobos.
The bay is part of a “National Estuarine Reserve” and is protected. While we can’t see them all, the bay supposedly contains five separate habitats: coral reefs (we saw these on the way in, YIKES), sea grass beds (holding our anchor now), mangrove forests, mudflats and an evergreen forest.
The mangrove forests are the most fascinating for us. They form a maze of creeks and passageways on both sides of the bay. On the south side of the bay, the creeks extend all the way to the reef at the edge of the ocean. As you can see in one of the pictures below, there is quite a break on the reef. On the north side of the bay, there is a network of canals and creeks that wind up into the shore. All are walled off from land by the tangle of the roots. These are deep creeks that fill up when hurricanes threaten Puerto Rico.
We read that there are many manatees here, but haven’t seen one yet. The water is flat and turquoise, the breeze is nice, there aren’t any bugs and there isn’t another boat anchored in sight. I had read that the bay might be busy on weekends and had expected more activity. Other than a few powerboats that poke up into the mangrove creeks to swim during the day, we’re all alone. At night, the birds in the mangroves are loud. Life is good.
The mangrove roots are amazingly colorful. We think that these may be sponges.
And, the requisite picture of Hurrah at anchor. Yes, the dark spot off the point is a shoal.