Friday, October 1, 2010

Cuba: The Accidental Eden

This link is to a great episode of the PBS Nature show and it's called "Cuba:  The Accidental Eden".

For anyone who has even a passing interest in nature and ecology, this is a great episode to watch.  Because of Cuba's political history, I'm sure many people are unaware of much of the content in this show and how untouched Cuba's ecology actually is after decades of being isolated from the rest of the world.

The description from PBS:

Cuba may have been restricted politically and economically for the past 50 years, but its borders have remained open to wildlife for which Cuba’s undeveloped islands are an irresistible draw. While many islands in the Caribbean have poisoned or paved over their ecological riches on land and in the sea in pursuit of a growing tourist industry, Cuba’s wild landscapes have remained virtually untouched, creating a safe haven for rare and intriguing indigenous animals, as well as for hundreds of species of migrating birds and marine creatures. Coral reefs have benefited, too. Independent research has shown that Cuba’s corals are doing much better than others both in the Caribbean and around the world.

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