Nature By investigating the response of bioluminescent bays to Hurricane Maria, scientists are finding light in dark places. Share Para leer este articulo en Español, haz clic aqui . "Ay, que rico, ” whispers Leonor Alicea. “Oh, so delicious.” Alicea isn’t drinking guava juice or eating crunchy tostones . In Puerto Rico, the phrase is not necessarily related to taste—it implies the sensation of sweetness, or the loveliness of a sight. Instead, she’s relishing the essence of a mangrove tree. “This is just…” Her words hang in the heavy, damp air as she pats the trunk of the tree, leaving me to infer her reverence for this place, Cabezas de San Juan, a nature reserve home to mangrove trees, a coral reef, and a bioluminescent lagoon. Alicea, a marine biologist and environmental interpreter for the nonprofit organization Para La Naturaleza (which translates to “For Nature”), teaches visitors about the reserve’s history and significance. The view of Laguna Grande from the lighthouse at Cabezas de San Juan, a nature reserve in Puerto Rico near San Juan. Especially after Hurricane Maria, which struck Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017, Alicea is on a mission to educate people from all walks of […]


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