Man of War Shoal National Marine Park (Sint Maarten)

Man of War Shoal National Marine Park (Sint Maarten)

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 16:42
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The Man of War Shoal National Marine Park is located off the southern shore of the island of Sint Maarten. The park protects a range of habitats from globally threatened coral reefs and seagrass beds to open water. It is a sanctuary for whales, dolphins, sharks, sea turtles, and a wide array of fish.

The Man of War Shoal National Marine Park, established in 2010 as the country's first legally protected area, covers 3,100 ha (7,660 acres) and is located off the southern shore of the island of Sint Maarten in an area also known as the "Proselyte Reef Complex."

The Man of War Shoal Marine Park is now a sanctuary for whales, dolphins, numerous species of sharks, sea turtles, coral reefs and a wide array of fish.

The park is home to many types of reef fish, lobsters and the rare Queen Conch (Lobatus gigas). It also is a migratory stopover point for many marine mammals, including whales and dolphins.

The park protects a range of habitats from globally threatened coral reefs and seagrass beds to open water. The Marine Park’s reef formations include spur and groove formations, caves and patch reefs. Additionally, the park includes shipwrecks and sunken artificial reefs.

Proselyte Reef is the site of a Spanish Warship that sank in 1801. Artifacts such as large anchors, cannons, barrel hoops, cannon balls, and pottery are still evident on this popular Sint Maarten dive site, which is considered a marine archaeological treasure.