Snorkeling in the caribbean
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- 1.Belize Forest and Marine EcologySNORKELING IN THE CARIBBEAN
2. On our way out of Belize City for a full day of snorkeling. 3. Went past Frigret Island Home of the frigret birds 4. Getting wet! We were able to observe a huge variety of species while away from the touristy spots. 5. Blue tang at a cleaning station 6. Black Grouper 7. Blue Stripe Grunt 8. Blue Tang Fish 9. Butterfly Fish 10. What is coral, a plant or an animal? A coral is made of tiny little carnivorous(meat eating) animals called polyps. These polyps live in colonies. Each polyp forms a little limestone case around it. Coral reefs are made up of thousands of limestone cases around it. 11. Coral Reef- The coral is made up of tiny stinging cells. When an animal swims past this and brushes up against it, it kills the animal. 12. Coral can be soft or hard. 13. Brain coral 14. Stag horn and brain coral 15. Brain coral Some coral reefs can take hundreds of years to form. 16. Fan coral, brain coral 17. Elkhorn coral and yellow tail damsel fish Reefs provide housing and protection for thousands of animals. 18. Elkhorn coral 19. Feather duster worm 20. Gorgonia Coral 21. Fan coral is a soft coral. 22. Coral reefs have different shapes, this is determined by their environment and wave action. 23. As many as 200 kinds of fish can live in a coral reef. They range in size from 10mm to 20 meters long. Food for little fish is supplied there which attracts larger fish. 24. Coral reef provides nooks and crannies for fish to hide in. 25. Nudibranch Clinic 26. So much life in the tropics depend on coral reefs. 27. It is related to the jelly fish. A coral polyp is the size of a pearl. It is like a mouth with tentacles stuck to it. These coral live in colonies. 28. The coral skeleton is made up of calcium carbonate. It 29. Coral Bleaching What is coral bleaching? What causes coral bleaching? 30. Coral Bleaching Is caused from the water being too warm, toolow of tide, pH changes are a few reasons. Global Warming causes the reefs to bleach and die out. It results in the coral turning white and is a sign of the coral being stressed. This can result in the coral dying. 31. Variety of Fish Why is coral dying important? Nearly all life in shallow tropical beaches depend oncoral. If the reefs die out , the fish die out. Fish diversity dies out as well as the number of fish. 32. Here are some different kinds of fish encountered while we were snorkeling. 33. Parrot fish are one of the few fish that eat coral. What they excrete is partly sand. 34. Stop light parrot fish 35. Parrot Fish 36. French grunt fish 37. Grey angel fish 38. Grey Angel Fish 39. Grouper 40. Hog fish 41. Jake the Barracuda 42. Lion Fish 43. Although lion fish have a unique appearance they are a very invasive species. 44. Nassau fish 45. Queen Trigger Fish 46. Blue Tang Fish 47. Queen Trigger Fish 48. Queen Trigger Fish 49. School of jack fish 50. 4 Eyed Butterfly Fish 51. A close look at a ray 52. Sea biscuit 53. Seahorse 54. Spotted eagle ray 55. Spotted eagle ray 56. In Shark and Ray Alley Not a lot of different varieties of species found here! There are a lot of tourist ! 57. Autumn gets a closer look. 58. Nurse sharks surround our boat. Our tour guide was attracting them by feeding them. 59. Octopus 60. Sea Turtle 61. Starfish 62. Storms rolling in 63. A first hand look at the waters of the beautiful Caribbean. (The waters are lacking plankton and accounting for their blue color.) 64. Full day of snorkeling 65. Special Thanks A special thanks to my classmates in theMiami Dragonfly Belize 2013 Class for sharing their photographs.