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Happy Birthday: Belize Barrier Reef Turns 10,000!

Earth’s second largest reef, the Belize Barrier Reef is celebrating its 10,000th birthday in 2022, according to scientists who have studied the origins and composition of the reef.  The Belize Barrier Reef is without question one of the world’s greatest natural wonders. The reef runs 190 miles from Mexico in the north to Honduras in…

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Creature Feature: Spotted Trunkfish

Spotted trunkfish are among the stranger looking fish you will encounter!  They are polka dotted with black spots, have protruding eyes and snouts, and are poor swimmers due to their bulky and ridged shape.  They certainly stick out due to their unique, slow rate of swimming and shape.  Here are 5 interesting facts about the…

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Climate Change Is Happening Now! Wake-Up!

Belize, as a tiny country located on the Caribbean Sea, is among the most endangered and disaster-prone countries in the world. For citizens along the coasts, which hosts the second largest barrier reef in the world, the impacts of climate change are apparent. Ocean temperatures are rising every year, resulting in coral…

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Understanding the Link Between Habitat Protection and Endangered Species: A Case Study of the Florida Manatee

In late 2021 and continuing into 2022, in the U.S. state of Florida, an ecological disaster has led to the deaths of more than 1,500 endangered manatees. These enormous, gentle giant marine mammals feed on seagrass in shallow coastal areas, but a massive die-off of seagrass has left them without enough to eat.  In some…

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Creature Feature: Sergeant Major

Attention Solider! 5 Things to Know About The Sergeant Major Commonly referred to as “sergeant major” as it exhibits five black bars – resembling the insignia of said rank in the military services. In Belize and the Caribbean they are known to form large feeding aggregations, sometimes containing several hundred individuals. Sexual dimorphism is minimal;…

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2021 by the Numbers: ReefCI Conservation Accomplishments

A sincere thanks to all of our 2021 volunteers who helped Reef Conservation International achieve so much even through our rocky road to recovery post-covid. 2021 marine conservation achievements by the numbers: 9,105 Invasive Lionfish removed from the Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve Park waters 348 bags (7,656 pounds) of trash and plastic removed from the…

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Share Some Love This Holiday Season!

ReefCI needs your help this holiday season. Please support ReefCI through our Amazon Smile charity list. Click here or on the image below to shop ReefCI’s Amazon charity list and purchase one of our items of need that will then be shipped directly to ReefCI.  It has been a rough road to recovery post-covid and…

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Hey Europe – Welcome Back to Belize!

Most European flights to Belize require a transit layover in the USA.  Since the COVID-19 pandemic struck, it has been difficult for our European volunteers to make their way to Belize due to the USA’s ban on international travelers from most of Europe.  However, the world is slowly returning to normal and the the USA…

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Debt Restructuring For the Ocean!

Belize reached an accord with a group of bondholders to purchase back its debt at a reduced rate — but with an unusual, marine conservation clause attached to the deal.  According to the agreement, Belize will buy, redeem, and cancel all of its outstanding bonds, which is approximately 550 million USD. What makes this so unusual…

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Creature Feature: Whitelined Toadfish

The whitelined toadfish is endemic to Belize, which means it is found nowhere else on planet earth.  If you want to see one in the wild, you can only do so in Belize!  Whitelined toadfish are extremely rare but can be found in and around coral reef crevices and caves where they spend a lot…

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Baby Sea Turtles!!

Our hawksbill eggs have finally hatched!  On average, the incubation period lasts around 60 days. After the incubation period, two-inch (five-centimeter) hatchlings emerge as a group. Hatchlings use the bright, open view of the night sky over the water to find their way to the sea. By the time they reach 14 inches (35 centimeters)…

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ReefCI’s Resident Sea Turtles Return to Nest!

Sea turtles around the world nest on beaches in warm places in the tropics like our base of operations- Tom Owens Caye in Belize.  The female goes ashore, digs a body pit then and a nest (or egg chamber), lays the eggs, and finally covers up the nest. After that, they will camouflage the nest, covering a…

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