We don’t ever see great whites at our island off the coast of Belize (great whites generally don’t like water as warm as we have) but sometimes we just can’t resist an awesome underwater video clip, and this one, featuring snorkel diver Ocean Ramsey, more than makes the mark.

Ocean, a Hawaiian shark conservation advocate, was featured in The Daily Telegraph after taking a risk few others in the world have dared – swimming in open water with several adult great whites. She told The Daily Telegraph yesterday the experience, which occurred off the coast of Mexico, was one of the highlights of her lifelong diving career. “The goal was to go and find some great white sharks and collect video footage of their natural behaviour, but also, if the opportunity arose and the conditions were right, to actually interact with them,” she told The Daily Telegraph two days ago after a video of her swimming in open water with several adult great whites went viral on Youtube.

“The goal was to go and find some great white sharks and collect video footage of their natural behaviour, but also, if the opportunity arose and the conditions were right, to actually interact with them,” she said.

oceanwithraysOcean, a former marine park sharks curator, apparently also likes to swim with rays, according to her photo collection on Facebook. And though we don’t have great white sharks at Long Caye, we do have rays. So if this video inspires you, give us a call.

Hawksbill turtle in BelizeIf you’re into sea turtles (and, honestly, who isn’t?) you’ve probably heard about the Hawksbill, one of several species of sea turtles found in the waters off Belize. Due to declining populations of the Hawksbill, it is not often seen by divers in most areas of the world, but one of the many great things about Glover’s Reef is that we see them frequently.

Human fishing practices threaten E. imbricata populations with extinction. The World Conservation Union classifies the Hawksbill as critically endangered. Hawksbill shells are the primary source of tortoise shell material, used for decorative purposes. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species outlaws the capture and trade of Hawksbill sea turtles and products derived from them.

Out at Glover’s Reef we encounter hawksbills most frequently out at Long Caye Wall, an undersea cliff, the top of which is a mere 35 feet below sea level and just a short swim from the island shore. From that easily reached perch, the cliff drops 3,000 feet practically straight down, and the turtles and other large creatures seem to love that spot. It’s a great place to scuba dive!