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Snorkelling in Belize Species Guide

Snorkeling in Belize Species Guide

Belize is home to the Belize Barrier Reef. It’s the second largest reef after the Great Barrier Reef. The Reef lines the entire length of the Belizean coastline. It’s one of the richest marine ecosystems in the world, with more than 500 different species of marine lifeSnorkelling in Belize is your chance to get a glimpse of a good number of them.

Here’s a guide to just some of the species you can see when snorkelling in Belize.

Coral

There’s a variety of types of coral. While snorkelling in Belize, you can see Tube Sponge Coral, Brain Coral, Elkhorn Coral, Staghorn Coral, and others.

 

Tube Coral

Brain Coral

Rays

Manta Rays

Eagle Rays

Manta rays are common in Belize. The average Manta ray is about 4.5 meters (15 ft) and is easily identifiable due to its black back and white belly. Spot them lazily gliding through the water feeding on plankton.

Eagle rays are also very common in Belize. In fact, there’s an oceanic wall where they congregate that is named after them: Eagle Ray Wall. They look very similar to Manta rays but they have shiny, polka-dotted backs. Find them in shallow waters near coral reefs.

Southern Stingray

The most common ray that people encounter in Belize is the Southern Stingray. It’s a bit smaller than Eagle and Manta rays, spanning about 1.5 meters (5 ft). You can recognize the Southern Stingray by its rigid and textured spine and barbed tail.

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