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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 in no way related to whales. Although they…

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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!

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Hawksbill Sea Turtle Nests on our Island!

Reef Conservation International (ReefCI) had a recent visitor to our island – a critically endangered Hawksbill sea turtle. Like other sea turtles, Hawksbills are threatened by the loss of nesting and feeding habitats, excessive egg collection, fishery-related mortality, pollution, and coastal development.  Our Hawksbill came ashore to our small island in Belize and tried to nest but could…

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Hope in a Sea of Plastic!

What can be done about all this plastic in our oceans?  Is there a way to cleanup the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?  There is hope!  The world’s largest ocean cleanup is now underway in the Pacific Ocean, aiming to collect up to 150,000 pounds of trash in its first year and eventually tackle the Great…

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What is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch stretches across a swath of the North Pacific Ocean, forming a nebulous, floating junk yard on the high seas. It’s the poster child for a worldwide problem: plastic that begins in human hands yet ends up in the ocean, often inside animals’ stomachs…

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Plastic is Killing our Marine Life

Plastic is very simply, unsustainable and dangerous. The far-reaching consequences of plastic pollution and how it affects all living things is a reality that must be addressed.  According to a study from Plymouth University, plastic pollution affects at least 700 marine species, while some estimates suggest that at least 100 million marine mammal are killed each…

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An Ocean Drowning In Plastic

Imagine an area 34 times the size of New York. Now imagine this area covered ankle-deep in plastic waste — piles of plastic bottles and plastic bags, plastic containers of all sorts for miles and miles, as far as the eye can see.  That’s how much plastic waste ends up in our oceans every year….

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How You Can Combat Overfishing

Overfishing is a huge problem, but you have the power to stop it!  This doesn’t mean you have to stop eating seafood either; it merely means to be an informed consumer of seafood.  These labels in the infographic above will help you buy sustainably harvested seafood that are better for the environment and the viability…

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