Dr. David E. Guggenheim, the “Ocean Doctor,” and representatives of Cuba’s Avalon Diving Centers present “Cuba’s Gardens of the Queen: A Living Time Machine and Hope for the Future of the World’s Coral Reefs.”
Named by Christopher Columbus to honor Queen Isabel, Jardines de la Reina or Gardens of the Queen are one of the healthiest coral reef ecosystems remaining in the Caribbean. In a world where coral reefs are dying, the corals in the Gardens of the Queen are flourishing, and like a living time machine, the Gardens likely resemble the healthy coral reefs Columbus saw, avoiding the rapid decline so common throughout the Caribbean and the rest of the world.
What makes this ecosystem so healthy? What are the implications for coral reefs elsewhere? What is the role of diving in this special ecosystem? And how is this ecosystem bringing Americans and Cubans closer together? What is so compelling about this Cuban ecosystem that 60 MINUTES sent Anderson Cooper and a camera crew to work with Dr. Guggenheim and Cuban scientists? Can American divers visit Cuba’s Jardines de la Reina?
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