This is something not many people know about Belize. Belize’s Barrier Reef is part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System. Commonly known as the Great Mayan Reef. It was such a great opportunity to able to swim and see it in person.
Being the second largest Coral Reef in the world, I couldn’t believe all the colors that my eyes were seeing. I was breathlessly taken away with all the corals. I went scuba diving before but, seeing that the corals are alive reminded me how amazing unwater life is.
The corals kept moving like an animal made out of stone would. It’s still crazy to see rocks move on their own. Seeing the fish hiding under and in between the corals made feel like the cameraman in Finding Nemo 2.
Still in awe, I kept swimming with my group. Trying to keep up, I kept taking photos. Always at the end of the group, the tour guides kept pointing to keep up with the pack. However, it was hard for me to not stop every ten feet of swimming.
There was a point where the water became shallow that the Reef was almost sticking out. Had to swim back a little so I wouldn’t get cut and attract sharks. Well, we would still attract sharks; however, that’s a story for another post.
Looking back, all the photos I took had signs of unhealthy coral. When the water’s temperature starts to rise, the coral almost start a process of suicide. The coral will start becoming white through a natural bleaching. Through this bleaching, the coral will start hardening and with time will die. Experiencing climate change twice in less than two weeks, made really think twice about our current atmosphere’s health. The ice glacier in Iceland, I saw last week, was about to melt and the second biggest barrier reef on the verge of death. We really need to look at ourselves in the mirror and face reality. Our world is changing and we are one of the main reasons for it. I just hope these nature’s beauty will last long enough for my future children to be able see them.
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This is something I have been wanting to do for some time now, thank you for posting and making remember that I need to get out there and explore.
I really hope the coral can regrow someday…
another place i hope i get to visit……..thank you for sharing!
🙂 thank you.
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Absolutely! It’s well-deserved 😊
How kind! So are you 😊
Glad you had a great trip. It is truly time to heal the planet!
Glad to see you read my blog 🙂
Looks like a great experience and yes coral is sharp! I hope the coral begins to recover now more people are aware of the environmental issues surrounding it.
It looks wonderful! I loved snorkeling when I was a kid, but haven’t done it in ages. Maybe in December in Bali I will try again.
Great post beautiful pictures 🙂
I feel bad seeing all those unhealthy coral reefs. They are supposed to be teaming with life, but they look so dead. It is sad
This inspired me to go out and see the world… even more! Before everything falls apart.
These are great pictures. There’s no better way to remind us of what all is at stake than to show us what we can’t always see!
Beautiful pictures! What an adventure!!
I bet photos don’t do it justice.
Wow, interesting post . Learnt a lot of new things about coral reefs!
Wow, what an experience! I’d love to do this one day
This is such a great post! It’s really sad about the coral but great to see bloggers talking about the climate.
Great post – it really does strike you when you see the Coral Bleaching in person. I live 2hrs flight from the Great Barrier Reef (Australia) and saw it as well.
No problem in winter. In fact it is probably more comfortable for tourists, the heat in Summer is pretty bad.
I will be blogging about out weekend to Cairns soon (once I catch up on my backlog)
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