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The fate of mangrove forests is as bad as that of rainforests. Mass destruction for rayon production has now been surplanted by total destruction for prawn farms and holiday complexes. The protective shield they gave coasts against tsunamis, once gone, lays coastal regions bare to the raw force of natural catastrophies. Coastal fisheries, once supporting local communites, are often dependant intact mangrove forest.

Mangrove communities are rich in life. Two-faced, at low tide the fiddler crabs, mud-skippers, mud lobsters and much more frantically eat, build, burrow, fight, and mate before the water returns. As the water returns, the intertwined roots turn into a nursery for young fish, while rich communities of sponges start to feed as the rising waters bring plankton and bacteria for dinner.

Harlequin Shrimp Hymenocera picta
Rhizophora mangle Palawan
Palawan Horshoe Crab
Mud skippers
Nypa fruticans
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