The Reefs in Culebra Are Precious

The reefs are one of Culebra’s most valuable natural resources. They’re a source of wonder and beauty as well as the home for a variety of sea life. When we visit these reefs, it is important for us to all do our best to help maintain the health of their fragile ecosystem. Some things like ocean temperature and hurricanes are beyond our control, but doing our best not to create any additional harm will help the reefs to continue to be a source of inspiration for generations to come.

Here are a few simple guidelines to help you when you begin your reef exploration!

  1. Reef Safe Sunscreen: While you should protect your skin, keep in mind that most sunscreens are detrimental to our “fish friends.” Try some “reef safe” sunscreen instead or limit your use of sunscreen by wearing a long-sleeved shit.
  2. Don’t Touch / Step On the Reefs: The reefs are living things. Contact with reefs can harm the coral.
  3. Don’t Touch the Sea Turtles: There are three turtle species that come to Puerto Rico, and in Culebra, you’ll find the Leatherback and Green Sea Turtles. There’s a good chance you’ll see one (or many) while you are snorkeling. Both are protected under the Endangered Species Act, so please refrain from touching them.
  4. Throw Your Garbage in the Trash: This is pretty self-explanatory. To keep our ocean and beaches beautiful, don’t leave trash on the beaches or by the water.

Updated 12-24-2020

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