With their deep roots, sea oats protect sand dunes and the beaches we enjoy
As enchanting as coastal sea oats look, their golden tassels dancing in the ocean breeze from Florida’s Panhandle to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, what lies hidden beneath the sand is even more magical.
The roots of this dainty-looking grass extend as deep as 5 feet below the surface, and literally anchor the dunes in place.
For the fragile barrier islands, sea oats are the first line of defense.
Arnold Donald gets serious when he talks about protecting the environment. After all, as CEO of Carnival Corporation, the world’s largest cruise ship company, his business depends on healthy oceans and clean beaches. “We do not want to not only ‘not do harm’, we actually want to make the environment better, especially marine environment,” Donald says, “because that’s the place we operate the most.”