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The Black River is one of the longest rivers in Jamaica. At a length of 53.4 km (33.2 mi). Its name refers to the darkness of the river bed caused by thick layers of decomposing vegetation. Over 100 species of birds have been recorded in the Black River morass.
American crocodiles (Crocodylus acutus) inhabit the swamps but the population has declined due mainly to loss of habitat as heavy draining for agricultural or tourist destroys their nesting places. Birds found here include egrets, herons and ospreys.
The mangrove trees of the Lower Morass are sometimes spectacular with aerial roots sent out like spiders’ legs, sometimes dropping 40 feet into the river.
If you’re in Grand Bahia Princioe Jamiaca, please be captivated by these picturesque landscapes with its mangroves and greenery during the 53 km of the historic river.