The seas surrounding the 700 islands, cays, and islets that form The Bahamas create a mosaic of interconnected coastal habitats. At this land-sea interface, you can find some of the most picturesque habitats in all the wider Caribbean region, including pink sand beaches, rocky shores, tidal flats, and mangrove creeks. Further out, there are also vast seagrass meadows, and patch reefs. These diverse habitats each support unique assemblages of subtropical species and play valuable ecological roles, yet their proximity to land also means that they are some of the most threatened by human activities such as coastal development.