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Bermuda Beasts: The Sixgill Shark

Although it’s incredibly rare to encounter sixgill sharks, there is reason to believe that there are more of them in Bermuda’s waters than any other species. Sixgill sharks have very distinct features and live in the dark depths off Bermuda’s shores, only migrating up to shallower waters to feed. Here are 5 facts you might not already know about the elusive creatures.   1. The sixgill shark, or Hexanchus griseus, is a common species of deep water shark. It is…


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Bermuda Beasts: Spotted Eagle Rays

Seeing a spotted eagle ray, no matter how many times you've done so before, is always special. Their long thin tails, beautiful triangular wings and spotted backs make this species of ray visually unique and seeing them fly out of…


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6 Things to Know Before You Visit Hungry Bay

Permission to visit Hungry Bay must be granted in advance of your visit, as it is located on the other side of a collection of private residences. The Hungry Bay nature reserve is protected as a Ramsar site, of which…


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Explore Seagrass Beds by Wading or Snorkeling

Seagrass beds are an ecosystem unique from coral reefs, but deserving of as much acclaim. They occupy inshore shallow waters, and act to trap marine sediments suspended in the water column, making our waters crystal clear. Their roots also stabilise…


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Field Notes: The Palmetto

Amongst the seventeen endemic plants of Bermuda, is one palm, Sabal bermudana, popularly known as the palmetto. This palm has undoubtedly figured in Bermuda literature as frequently as the native cedar. May writers have told of the various uses to…

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In the Garden: Summer

Come June, the royal poinciana’s blazing blossoms signal that summer has arrived in Bermuda. A favourite deciduous tree in many a Bermudian garden ever since it first arrived in the nineteenth century, the poinciana’s leafy parasol supplies refuge from the…