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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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  • Belize Forest and Marine Ecology SNORKELING IN THE CARIBBEAN
  • On our way out of Belize City for a full day of snorkeling.
  • Went past Frigret Island Home of the frigret birds
  • Getting wet! We were able to observe a huge variety of species while away from the touristy spots.
  • Blue tang at a cleaning station
  • Black Grouper
  • Blue Stripe Grunt
  • Blue Tang Fish
  • Butterfly Fish
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Coral can be soft or hard.
  • Brain coral
  • Stag horn and brain coral
  • Brain coral Some coral reefs can take hundreds of years to form.
  • Fan coral, brain coral
  • Elkhorn coral and yellow tail damsel fish Reefs provide housing and protection for thousands of animals.
  • Elkhorn coral
  • Feather duster worm
  • Gorgonia Coral
  • Fan coral is a soft coral.
  • Coral reefs have different shapes, this is determined by their environment and wave action.
  • 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.
  • Coral reef provides nooks and crannies for fish to hide in.
  • Nudibranch Clinic
  • So much life in the tropics depend on coral reefs.
  • 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.
  • The coral skeleton is made up of calcium carbonate. It
  • Coral Bleaching What is coral bleaching? What causes coral bleaching?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Here are some different kinds of fish encountered while we were snorkeling.
  • Parrot fish are one of the few fish that eat coral. What they excrete is partly sand.
  • Stop light parrot fish
  • Parrot Fish
  • French grunt fish
  • Grey angel fish
  • Grey Angel Fish
  • Grouper
  • Hog fish
  • Jake the Barracuda
  • Lion Fish
  • Although lion fish have a unique appearance they are a very invasive species.
  • Nassau fish
  • Queen Trigger Fish
  • Blue Tang Fish
  • Queen Trigger Fish
  • Queen Trigger Fish
  • School of jack fish
  • 4 Eyed Butterfly Fish
  • A close look at a ray
  • Sea biscuit
  • Seahorse
  • Spotted eagle ray
  • Spotted eagle ray
  • In Shark and Ray Alley Not a lot of different varieties of species found here! There are a lot of tourist !
  • Autumn gets a closer look.
  • Nurse sharks surround our boat. Our tour guide was attracting them by feeding them.
  • Octopus
  • Sea Turtle
  • Starfish
  • Storms rolling in
  • A first hand look at the waters of the beautiful Caribbean. (The waters are lacking plankton and accounting for their blue color.)
  • Full day of snorkeling
  • Special Thanks  A special thanks to my classmates in the Miami Dragonfly Belize 2013 Class for sharing their photographs.