The slideshow ‘tells the story’ of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System with a portfolio of photos that illustrate some of the main features of the reserves, and the marine life that inhabits the reefs. The slideshow starts with some impressive aerial views of the Blue Hole, before plunging underwater to explore the enormous diversity of marine life, including the area’s corals, fish, turtles and crustaceans. Some seabird colonies are shown together with mangrove forests where marine crocodiles may lurk unnoticed, while nearby seagrass beds are inhabited by West Indian manatees. The slideshow continues with further photos of the complexity of marine life, including sharks and the endemic Caribbean reef squid, with additional views pristine coconut-shaded beaches on some of the sand cayes.
The following Flickr photographers and other sources are acknowledged with thanks for their contributions to this slideshow: Gordon McIntyre, tobze, Eric Heupel, Alfonso Gonzales, cyberartist, Ruth, Adam, Annika Lindkvist, Bernard Dupont, Bernt Rostad, Brenda Dobbs, Cecilia Schubert, Chris Goldberg, David Petit, Doug Finney, dronepicr, flickkerphotos, It’s a blue world, Kent Wang, Kristin Enns Kavanagh, Mark Yokoyama, melenama, Sarah Elliott, Shaunn McAuliffe, tarykaylor, USAID Biodiversity and Forestry and Viv Lynch.
Marine & Coastal
Area: 963 km2
- Exceptional natural phenomenon (vii);
- Outstanding natural beauty (vii);
- Ecological processes (ix);
- Natural habitat for biodiversity (x);
- Significant number of rare, endemic and/or endangered species (x)