"Just offshore lies the Rainforest of the Sea."
The eastern side of Bird Island is protected by a fringing reef, clearly visible where waves break just offshore.
On the landward side of the reef is Passe Coco Beach and its lagoon, which is usually calm due to the protection afforded by the reef. The lagoon is shallow with the water overlying sand and coral debris. The sand supports large patches of thalassia sea grass – important feeding ground for young fish and turtles.
Compared to the others, this stretch of beach has coral rubble and hence it is advisable to wear shoes when walking along this area. As the coral reef just off Passe Cocos Beach is home to a bewildering variety of fish and other animals, it is sometimes called the 'Rainforest of the sea'.
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