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Posted by Slickrock Adventures on July 7, 2014

Will parrotfish save the coral reef ecosystem?

A new report on the health of Caribben coral reef ecosystems just came out, proclaiming the savior of the declining reefs to be none other than the ubiquitous parrotfish. This fish family is arguably the most numerous of the many fish species we encounter at Glover’s Reef. Some (but not near all) of the parrotfish species we regularly encounter while snorkeling near our island: Stoplight Par

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Posted by Slickrock Adventures on November 12, 2013

Protect the Coral Reef Ecosystem with Reef CI

Just last week we wrote about a really cool scuba work-vacation opportunity. Now I’ve stumbled across a second such opportunity that’s focused on protecting the coral reef ecosystem. This one is being offered by Reef Conservation International. They operate out of Tom Owens Island, Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve at the southern tip of the Belize Fringe Reef. If you want a great first-

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Posted by Slickrock Adventures on May 17, 2013

Reef Study Suggests Darwin Was Wrong About Coral Evolution

From Huffington Post By: Becky Oskin Charles Darwin sparked more than one controversy over the natural progression of life. One such case involved the evolution of coral atolls, the ring-shaped coral reefs that surround submerged tropical islands. Coral reefs are actually huge colonies of tiny animals that need sunlight to grow. After seeing a reef encircling Moorea, near Tahiti, Darwin came up wi

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Posted by Slickrock Adventures on March 8, 2013

The coral you see snorkel diving in Belize

When we dive at Glover’s Reef, the primary species of coral we see are: Staghorn Coral: They possess, like all corals, stinging nematocysts, but these can pack a bit of a sting if you touch them. Observed closely, their individual corallites can be seen; each bump on the branch is an individual coral animal.     Pillar Coral: This coral is occasional-to-rare in our area. It is also o

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Posted by Slickrock Adventures on February 27, 2013

Good news for coral reefs on the decline… hopefully…

The reefs in Belize are probably the healthiest reefs in the Caribbean, and those at Glover’s Reef are probably some of the healthiest of the lot. But everything is connected, “bound fast by a thousand invisible cords that cannot be broken,” as conservationist John Muir once said. So we have always kept a keen eye on the declining health of coral reef systems in the Eastern Carib

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Posted by Slickrock Adventures on February 6, 2013

Meso Amazing – National Geographic features the Belize Reef

Do you know which species is the largest fish? Why whale sharks, of course. You’ll find out many amazing facts like that in a fascinating feature on the Mesoamerican Reef that ran in National Geographic Magazine in October. The article features some awe inspiring images like this one, shot by photographer Brian Skerry, off the coast of the Yucatan, just north of Belize. Big Fish, Little F

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Posted by Slickrock Adventures on December 3, 2012

Officials consider listing Queen Conch as threatened or endangered

Will the conch season in Belize have to be shortened? Might we need to control the amount of conch that we eat year per year? These are a couple of questions that Belize, including other Caribbean nations, might have to consider as Caribbean ministers will come together to discuss a conch petition for CARICOM during Caribbean Week of Agriculture 2012 in Antigua and Barbuda. A United States petitio

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Posted by Slickrock Adventures on October 20, 2012

The Quick and Fearless Damselfish

Of the approximately 5,000 species of fish found along the coral reef, perhaps none are as feisty and territorial as the damselfish. Notoriously aggressive, these fish are known to nip at anything that comes between them and their food source. Likewise, these fish fiercely guard their egg clutches during spawning; quickly attacking anything that comes within close proximity. There are approximatel

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Posted by Slickrock Adventures on October 18, 2012

Belize and Mesoamerican Reef featured in National Geographic Magazine

National Geographic Magazine’s October issue highlights the beauty of Belize’s Great Barrier Reef which, along with Glover’s Reef Atoll, is part of the same reef system – the Mesoamerican Reef. The Mesoamerican Reef, described in the article as “half the length of its famous Australian counterpart but in many ways more remarkable,” contains Belize’s Great Barrier Ree

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