Marine Life In Belize
While spotting marine life in Belize, you’re bound to encounter one of the many eels that call the Caribbean Ocean home. These curious-looking creatures live among rocks and coral and are known to poke their heads out at divers swimming by. There are several different species of eel that live in the water surrounding Belize Dive Haven, and they are as interesting as they are necessary to the ecosystem.
With more than 180 miles (290 kilometres) of coral and the life that it provides, the Belize Barrier Reef is one of the most sought-after dive locations in the world. Coming in second only to the Great Barrier Reef, the Belize Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef in the Americas, and many divers both new and experienced travel from all over the world to dive alongside the coral in the depths of the Caribbean. Giving life and sustenance to thousands of species of flora and fauna, you’re likely to find something new every time you visit the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve.
Known as The Brain Of The Sea, octopuses can be identified by their eight tentacles, large head, and ability to camouflage themselves to their surroundings. While tricky to spot, lucky divers may be able to photograph them swimming by. Many divers choose to dive in the Caribbean ocean just to see octopuses in person, experience their amazing appearance and abilities for themselves. The Caribbean Reef Octopus (the most commonly spotted in Belize) is a large, gentle creature with several predators throughout the sea, so it’s vital that divers respect them (and all sea creatures) by giving them the space they need to thrive.
There are currently eight species of sharks that you may encounter when spotting marine life in Belize. While sharks are often depicted as scary and unpredictable, this is a common misconception, and so long as divers respect sharks and give them space like any other sea creature they encounter, sharks can make great diving companions. From Reef Sharks to Lemon Sharks, to Hammerhead Sharks, there are several different species, sizes, and colours to observe, many of whom are photo-ready as they swim peacefully by divers.
Turtles are often a fan favourite between divers and non-divers alike, and it’s not difficult to see why. Sea turtles are incredible creatures who vastly vary in size, shape, and colour between species. While diving with Marine life in Belize, you may encounter one of three species: the Green Sea Turtle, the Hawksbill Sea Turtle, and the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, all of which have their own unique behaviours and abilities. Some of these turtles can grow over 300lbs in weight and 4FT (122CM) in size and enjoy floating along the bottom of the ocean.
Dolphins are one of the most universally beloved sea creatures of all the marine life in Belize. Dolphins are incredibly intuitive, intelligent, and sensitive, making them great diving companions as well as photography subjects. The four most common dolphin species in Belize include the Bottlenose Dolphin, the Rough-Tooth Dolphin, the Atlantic Spotted Dolphin, and the Spinner Dolphin. Each species has its own unique talents and appearances, making them a joy to swim with!