The healthiest place on earth is located in the most backward place on earth. The ocean is alive and well flourishing with live coral reefs and huge fish. You would think it was in the Bahamas but sadly no. It is off the coast of poor Cuba in a place named The Gardens of the Queen.
Coral reefs are often called the rainforests of the ocean. They are stunningly beautiful and are composed of towers of healthy organisms that feed all sorts of living things in the ocean. Kind of a candy store for fish where they can taste everything from every colorful tower. The Bahamas used to be that place but sadly too much tourism and cruise trip traffic has left the oceans there little more than a super highway for luxury ocean liners complete with their trash.
The only inhabitants are hermit crabs and iguanas. Christopher Columbus named this area after his Queen Isabella. To see the real gardens you have to scuba there. There you can see the most protected and flourishing reef most boaters have ever seen. According to David Guggenheim, a Marine Biologist and a Senior Fellow at the Ocean Foundation in Washington D.C., he claims the coral is healthy and the fish are healthy and abundant.
There are large predatory fish there like large sharks. It is the way eco-systems should look. The first thing you notice at this area according to the few that are able to go there, is the coral, its color and its texture. Coral isn’t a rock or a plant. It is colonies of tiny animals that share a common skeleton. Pillar coral is evident there and is one of the rarest types of coral. Coral is one of the oldest living animals on the planet. Some of it could be 4,000 years old.
Even fishing is regulated in Cuba. Tourism is tightly regulated. Only 500 fly fisherman and 1,000 divers are permitted to come each year and the fisherman have to release their catch. If a commercial fishing boat were to be allowed there, much of everything would be depleted quickly. Those boats are highly efficient killing machines.