It is no coincidence that Cancun is known as the “Aquarium of the world”, all thanks to its marine beauty.
The colorful and magical reefs of Cancun attract thousands of tourists a year for this beautiful display of nature. But do you really know what reefs are made of?
What are the reefs?
Reefs develop in various colored and material structures, although they seem only rocks, the reality is that they are huge conglomerates of small organisms called polyps, that is, tiny invertebrate animals that feed on plankton.
Their source of energy is due to microscopic algae, the cause of those amazing colors. These tiny polyps “settle” at the bottom of the sea and absorb the minerals from their surroundings, secreting calcium carbon.
The accumulation of this mineral is the basis of the structure of the reef that protects the polyp, which upon death inherits the “shell” for new generations, cooperating for the proliferation of the reefs.
Reefs that protect the coasts
The function of these beautiful coral reefs apart from astonishing us with their colors and shapes, serves as a protective species since their existence defends the coasts from erosion, the great attacks of waves, storms and hurricanes.
In addition to being the habitat of thousands of species that take refuge in them, they are also one of the most delicate, so it is important to maintain actions to conserve our reefs.
If you practice diving, you will surely know the golden rule of diving, which is not to touch these wonders of nature for any reason.
The Mexican Caribbean Unlike the coasts of the Gulf of Mexico, it presents very calm waters thanks to its modest diversity of flora and fauna, which makes it one of the most beautiful, with little waves and an exorbitant beauty in the tones of its waters.
Thanks to this scarcity of flora and fauna, the reef formations proliferate in the Yucatan Peninsula, the coasts of this region are formed by remains of coral skeletons, in addition to having limestone wells, that is, Cenotes.
Twenty thousand years of reefs
The subsoil of the coasts of Yucatan and Quintana Roo indicates that the reefs that are there have lived for more than twenty thousand years and were formed on the remains of other much older reefs
The reef of Cancun It is a huge ecosystem that extends to Honduras, becoming a chain of reefs called the Great Mesoamerican Reef, whose length is almost a thousand kilometers, the second largest in the world after Australia.
If you want to know the reefs of Cancun up close, do not hesitate to visit Aquaworld, who will give you the best tours of diving Y snorkel, in addition to many options for you to spend an unforgettable afternoon with your family appreciating the beautiful reefs of Cancun and the Riviera maya.