An unexpected side effect of Cuba and the United States’ strained relations can be seen about 70 miles off the island nation’s southern coastline. Called Jardines de la Reina, or the Queen’s Gardens, the 1,100-square-mile marine reserve is considered one of the world’s most vibrant coral reef habitats. “It’s got the levels of biodiversity, coral cover, and apex predators like sharks and groupers …

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