Marine biodiversity in the Fynbos region
Often overlooked in the awe and wonder that the terrestrial species evoke is the equally remarkable and spectacular marine biodiversity that surrounds the Table Mountain chain.
This is because two ocean current systems meet and merge off its southern tip – the cold Benguela current in the west and the warm, fast-flowing Agulhas current from the east and south-east. Each of these currents creates what scientists term a “biogeographic province” with its own rich and varied assemblage of species.
Together, they create a Cape marine environment that is every bit as spectacular and significant– and deserving of conservation – as its terrestrial counterpart.
Extract from The Table Mountain Fund book – authored by John Yeld.
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