Explore a coastal ecosystem
Coastal ecosystems are the unique habitats formed by plants and other organisms that can thrive at the borders between ocean and land, where they must live in saltwater and changing tides. Like forests, many of these coastal ecosystems are full of plants that help regulate the Earth’s temperature. As the plants in these ecosystems grow, they pull carbon out of the air and store it in their tissue, roots, and the soil beneath them. This keeps carbon out of our atmosphere, where, as the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, it would otherwise trap heat and warm the planet.
Meet your naturalist at the Mahamodara Beach and leisurely explore this coastal eco system before sunset. He will point out a variety of coastal flora and fauna, whilst explaining the important role they play in keeping the Earth’s temperature in check. You will be surprised to learn the amount of bio – diversity and life that exists by the coast is more than what you can find in a rainforest. Depending on how low the tide is and how calm the ocean is, you will get the opportunity to walk on a coral reef.
Anoma: Anoma is a Cetacean expert has committed his life to the study and preservation of nature. His interest in nature goes back to his childhood, growing up in Kottawa in the Galle region. The lush forest surroundings close to his home provided him much entertainment, and many hours were spent absorbing the wonders around him.
Upon leaving school, Anoma began his career at the Galle Maritime Museum under the tutelage of its curator Mr Dharma Sri Kandamby – a keen representative of the Wildlife Conservation Society at national and international platforms whose vast experience as a scientific collector includes the discovery of a new species of endemic frogs and crabs. Accompanying his mentor on such voyages of discovery, Anoma was soon an equally dab hand at finding and identifying the wealth of natural life around him, including the discovery of a new species of endemic lizards, freshwater fishes, frogs and freshwater crabs. These projects continued to become the subject of numerous research papers which Anoma compiled as part of his Wildlife Conservation & Management Programme at the Open University, and Biodiversity Management Diploma at the University of Colombo.
A licensed, Ceylon Tourist Board Guide and Lecturer, Anoma is a very active and supportive member of the Blue Whale Conservation Group at Mirissa. As a Naturalist and Marine Biologist, he is keen on promoting conservation through tourism increasing local revenue via continuous dynamic strategies.
Number of Guests
Road Transfer USD 139
Number of guests : Minimum 2 and Maximum 20
Duration: 2 hours
Suitable for children: 6 – 11 years
Meeting time: 1630 hrs
Meeting place: Jetwing Lighthouse
Includes: Exploring a coastal eco system with a naturalist. King coconut, tea/coffee/ milkshake, water.
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