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Start Date: July 29
End Date: August 11 at 11:59pm Central Time
Player Limit: 1 per team
Challenge Type: Team Non-Cooking
Points: 15 points per team
Ecotourism deals with living parts of our natural environments and typically involves travel to destinations where flora, fauna, and cultural heritage are the primary attractions. It is intended to offer tourists insight into the impact of human beings on the environment, and to foster a greater appreciation of our natural habitats.
When it comes to exploring nature, the Bahamas has plenty to offer. They have some of the most intriguing, exotic and mysterious natural phenomena on the planet. Here you'll find the world's deepest blue hole, the third-largest fringing barrier reef in the world, miles of pink-sand beaches, the world's largest colony of pink flamingos, the endangered Bahama Parrot, the unusual Andros iguana, a wild horse preserve and countless nature preserves. Although there are too many to mention, here's a sampling of some of them.
The wild horses of Abaco
One of Abaco's secret treasures are the exotic wild horses that have roamed the island for centuries. These beautiful horses, strong and sturdy with long flowing manes, are known as Abaco barbs. Once a herd of hundreds, they are now considered one of the most endangered species in the world, with only seven remaining.
The Glass Window Bridge
Located near Gregory Town in North Eleuthera the glass window bridge was originally an extraordinary natural rock arch. Due to repeated damage from hurricanes it has in recent years been replaced by a man-made bridge. It is a magical place where the deep dark Atlantic Ocean meets the shallow aquamarine Caribbean Sea at the thinnest part of the Eleuthera.
The Great Barrier Reef
Andros is home to the third largest great barrier reef in the world. It is over 120 miles long and plunges more than 6,000 feet down into the tongue of the ocean.
Many researchers and scientists believe that a unique formation of rocks under the waters of Bimini may lead to the ancient lost city of Atlantis.
Pink Sand Beaches
The soft pink sand beaches of Eleuthera are another natural wonder of the Bahamas. The 3-mile beach on Harbour Island is considered to be one of the very best beaches in the Bahamas… maybe the world.
Dean's Blue Hole
The Bahamas has countless blue holes throughout the islands but Dean's Blue Hole in Long island is the deepest in the world, and one of the most intriguing.
The Lucayan National Park in Grand Bahama is where you will find the world's largest underwater cave system, with over six miles of caverns, caves and tunnels.
The Pink Flamingos
The flamingo is the national bird of the Bahamas and the Inagua National Park is home to the largest colony of flamingos in the western hemisphere.
You might have thought about swimming with dolphins, fish, even maybe sharks, but wild pigs?
Well, the day wild pigs swim has arrived on the Bahamian archipelago of Exuma. The island called Big Major Cay is affectionately nicknamed Pig Island because that is where the wild pigs roam free on land and water.
Bahamas rock iguanas are part of a group of large, 'dinosaur-like' lizards known as the West Indian rock iguanas, which are widely recognized as amongst the most endangered lizards on earth.
Sea Turtles of the Bahamas
This endangered species, if spotted, can easily become the highlight of any diving trip. Five of the seven sea turtle species can be found in the waters off Freeport on the Island of Grand Bahama.
Primeval Forest National Park
Entering this area is a step back in time. Remarkably undisturbed, this old-growth forest is representative of the early evergreen tropical hardwood forests of the Bahamas.
Abaco National Park
This park has been designated a preservation area by the Bahamas Government and is managed by The Bahamas National Trust. Included are 5,000 acres of pine forest, the nesting area and habitat of about 1000 endangered Bahama or Abaco Parrots.
Your challenge is to work together as a team and create a photo slideshow. Your team should visit at least 6 places that you would see on an eco-tour of the Bahamas and gather your vacation 'photographs'. Then one person from your team should compile your photos into a slideshow and post them in this thread. You can use any site of your choosing to create the slideshow. (I knew nothing about slideshows, but was able to create one in photobucket in just a few minutes. ).
Please remember to:
~ Post your slideshow in this thread (include your team name and banner) and in your team thread.
~Check back in this thread to verify that your team has been given points.