September 6, 2011 - Bonaire Flag Day


Bonaire is a small Caribbean island that is part of the Netherlands. It's known for its great scuba diving and snorkeling because of its well-preserved marine environment. Bonaire doesn't have nice, sandy beaches, but it does have coral reefs that can easily be reached from shore. The diving there is especially popular because divers can often see seahorses and frog fish. However, with a lot of recreational diving comes some damage to the reef. Listen as a marine scientist explain about the difficulty of balancing ecology (keeping the environment and wildlife safe) and economy (earning money) here.  (You will enjoy the beautiful footage of sea horses and frog fish, and I hope you also enjoy the scientist's Dutch accent!)


For more photos about diving at Bonaire, check out this how-to site.

Did you know...?
  • Scuba is an acronym for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus?

  • Male seahorses have brood pouches. A female will lay up to 1,500 eggs in a male's pouch,  and he will carry the eggs from 9 to 45 days. When he expels the eggs out of the pouch, it's almost as if HE is giving birth to the teeny-tiny seahorses.

  • Frog fish often have very bumpy skin - some even look as if they are covered with worms! Their unusual textures and colors are designed to help them hide in coral reefs.


Oh, yes, here is a picture of Boaire's flag!

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