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So what has the ocean done for you today?

Biscayne National Park, Florida–Kenny Broad is an ecological anthropologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer–and more besides. He is also something of a thinker, I discovered when he took me out on his boat today.

We crossed the Biscayne National Park to spend some time on Elliott Key, an island haven for all kinds of plants, birds, reptiles (anoles abound), fish–and as we immediately discovered, mosquitoes.

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Biscayne NP is 172,000 acres of tropical wilderness, most of it underwater. It’s home to manatees, crocodiles and alligators. It contains the start of the world’s largest coral reef, where sharks, manta rays, and marine birds can be seen.

But you’re never really out of sight of civilization. As we crossed the bay in Kenny’s boat, on one side I could see the skyscrapers of downtown Miami; on the other side the nuclear power station at Turkey Point.

That all this biodiversity can survive in the middle of so much development is remarkable. I spoke to Kenny about the park and what it means to him and the people of Miami. We talked about how much the ocean does for us, both in terms of boosting our economic wealth and our spiritual health.

Posted by David Braun

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