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8 Things you Need to Know about the Great Blue Hole

1.  The Great Blue Hole is an underwater sinkhole or cave, located roughly 97 km (60 miles) off the coast of Belize City, Belize.  Most sea holes, just like the Belize Blue Hole, were submerged at the end of the last great Ice Age some 10,000 years ago. 2.  The Great Blue Hole is 300…

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A Drop of Good News in a Sea of Bad

The Belize Barrier Reef, the 2nd largest in the world behind Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, has been officially removed from the United Nations list of endangered sites.  The introduction of a moratorium on oil exploration, along the entire maritime zone of the country in December of 2017, and the recent strengthening of forestry regulations for…

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10 Fascinating Facts About the Belize Barrier Reef

The Belize Barrier Reef is one of the ocean’s most awe-inspiring and magnificent ecosystems in the world.  It includes a diversity of habitats from mangrove forests, estuaries, sandy islands, atolls, and coastal lagoons where a plethora of life abounds. Here are 10 amazing facts about the Belize Barrier Reef! 1.)  The Belize Barrier Reef is…

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Animals of the Belize Barrier Reef

The Belize Barrier Reef is home to a large diversity of plants and animals, making it one of the most diverse ecosystems of the world: 70 hard coral species 36 soft coral species 500 species of fish hundreds of invertebrate species, including sponges hundreds of bird species dozens of marine mammal species It is believed that only about 10 percent of the species have been discovered,…

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What is the Belize Barrier Reef?

One of the world’s great natural wonders, The Belize Barrier Reef, running some 190 miles (300 km) along Belize’s Caribbean coastline, is the largest reef system in the northern hemisphere, and the world’s second largest after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.  Along with some of the planet’s largest atolls, the reef supports diverse, vibrant marine habitats,…

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Non Reef-Safe Sunscreen Banned from our Island

Non reef-safe sunscreen is banned and not permitted on our island. All volunteers must bring only reef-safe sunscreen. On average 14,000 tons of sunscreen slide off of humans and onto the world’s coral reefs each year, exposing these gorgeous underwater ecosystems to chemicals that kill them.  The science has become irrefutable, chemicals in sunscreen (most notably…

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3 Types of Coral Reefs you Should Know About

Scientists generally divide coral reefs into three classes: barrier reefs, atolls, and fringing reefs. Barrier reefs are extensive linear reef complexes that parallel a shore, and are separated from it by lagoon.  At their shallowest point, they can reach the water’s surface forming a “barrier” to navigation.  The Belize Barrier Reef, the 2nd largest in the world behind Australia’s Great Barrier…

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5 Fun Facts about Whale Sharks

1.  Whale sharks are the largest fish on the planet – they can reach up to 14m (46 feet!) in length and can weigh up to 12 tons. That’s 24,000 pounds or nearly 11,000 kilos!! 2.  Whale sharks are…

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Species Spotlight: Nurse Sharks

The nurse shark gets its name from the sucking sound they make when hunting for prey in the sand, which vaguely resembles that of a nursing baby. Nurse sharks are slow-moving bottom-dwellers and are, for the most part, harmless to humans. However, they can be huge—up to 14 feet—and have very strong jaws filled with thousands…

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Our Sea Turtle Hatchlings Have Arrived!

Roughly sixty days after our female Hawksbill Sea Turtle laid its eggs on our island we have hatchlings everywhere!!  Our hatchlings made their way to the surface of the sand and headed out to sea, and are now dodging every predator imaginable.  Our hatchlings now face a perilous journey to adulthood! https://fh-sites.imgix.net/sites/439/2018/11/09221605/VID-20181030-WA0003.mp4   Hawksbill hatchlings…

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