Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Mexico Rocks Area

This Green Turtle in grazing in only 15 feet or water! Mexico Rocks is quickly becoming our favorite site for students first dive.

Mexico Rocks
Mexico Rocks is a shallow patch reef complex located off the northern tip of Ambergris Caye, in the Belizean Barrier Reef. The site consists of approximately 100 Holocene patch reefs, clustered on a ridge of Pleistocene limestone, and is composed predominantly of boulder corals (Montastraea annularis). The reef has accumulated in shallow (about 2.5 to 5 meters) water over the last 420 years. The Montastraea annularis patch corals that dominate here are unique to Ambergris Caye's northern lagoon and a rare occurrence in Belize. The site was recommended for designation as a marine preserve in 1978, and is still under consideration.  It is seen as an important addition to the caye's ecotourism attractions, being a popular snorkeling destination. The area is known for conch, banded shrimp, arrow crab, flounders, stingray, yellow tail snappers, and an assortment of butterfly fish and angelfish.


Delvin Mitchell said...

Last year in my trip to Mexico Rocks Snorkeling Tour at Bottom Time Dive Shop make me feel the real sea life adventure with so much fun. I'll never forget the moments I spent especially at Ambergris Caye the natural aquarium.

Zeda Jackson said...

Wow, these pictures look incredible. I have always been a fan of water and the ocean. I love exploring so I think it would be a good idea for me to take a few snorkeling classes. This should definitely prepare me for my tropical trip coming up!