Spanish Lagoon

Spanish Lagoon (Spaanse Lagoen in Dutch) on the west coast of Aruba is a small bay within two kilometers long and up to five hundred meters wide. The tides have created a special ecosystem; a wetland. Spanish Lagoon is the only inner bay of Aruba and emerged as a result of rising sea levels after the last ice age, about 10,000 years ago. Spanish Lagoon is about seventy hectares.

Wetlands have a high biodiversity. Therefore, the inner bay is of great importance for waterfowl and is also an important breeding ground for reef fish and crustaceans. Spanish Lagoon is global so unique that it is part of the Ramsar Convention (an international treaty for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands.).

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June 3, 2017