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Snorkeling in the caribbean


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Snorkeling in the Caribbean observing the fish and coral reef …

Snorkeling in the Caribbean observing the fish and coral reef

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  • 1. Belize Forest and Marine Ecology SNORKELING 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, too low 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 on coral.  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 the Miami Dragonfly Belize 2013 Class for sharing their photographs.