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JOURNAL OF COASTAL RESEARCH
(JCR) CURRENT ISSUE

Volume 40, Issue 1
Jan 2024

Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo
Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico

Found only several hundred meters from the sea, this building offers one of the clearest examples of an isolated coastal Mayan temple. Such structures, which prevail along the eastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, are well-preserved despite the many centuries of weathering from storms, hurricanes, and sea spray. The Mayans are thought to have inhabited these eastern coastal areas, known as the Mayan State of Ekab, for over a thousand years, from 300 AD to 1547 AD. It is believed these coastal temples would serve as a beacon to Mayan seafarers. The temple shown above is easily visible from the sea, and flags and/or torches would be displayed as ameans to aid navigation to those Mayans returning from the island of Cozumel.

When sixteenth century Europeans reached these coasts, they were surprised to find such densely populated areas. Unlike most of the small islands of the Antilles, the approach from the sea along these Yucatán shores presented numerous buildings and the explorers would describe them as houses made of mortar and stone. This particular coastal temple was located in the ancient Mayan coastal city of Polé. Several kilometers inland from this temple, a series of ceremonial buildings were found, with the main building standing apart from the others because of its blue, red, and orange façade and the throne found inside. (Photograph taken July 2023 by Chris Makowski, Coastal Education and Research Foundation (CERF), Charlotte, North Carolina, USA.)

JCR Featured Topics

Volume 37, Issue 3
May 2021

Rock Beauty Angelfish on Shark Bend Reef, Pompano Beach, Florida, U.S.A.

Rock Beauty Angelfish on Shark Bend Reef, Pompano Beach, Florida, U.S.A. The rock beauty angelfish (Holacanthus tricolor) is a fish species associated with clear, shallow reef habitats of the tropical western Atlantic Ocean. It can be found from Bermuda to the Bahamas and from Florida down to southeastern Brazil. Their diet consists mainly of sponges, but they have been known to occasionally feed on planktonic animals, small invertebrates, coral, tunicates, algae, and even mucus secreted from other fish. It has a flat, oval black body with trailing black dorsal and anal fins (with yellow and orange margins), a yellow tail, and a yellow face with a black mouth. The juvenile is almost completely yellow, with a black spot on either side that grows slowly to cover most of its body. The lobes of the dorsal, anal, and pectoral fins produce into long filaments as the fish ages. Identification of the rock beauty is based upon the distinctive coloration rather than body morphology. They are most commonly harvested for the aquarium trade, even though their specific diets and territoriality make them a difficult species to keep in captivity.

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