The Barrier Reef of Belize, World Heritage
Belizes Coral Reef
You have to understand that a reef is a habitat where different marine species live together. It is a true ecosystem and in the case of Belize there are 500 species of fish, hundreds of invertebrate animals, 70 species of hard coral and half of soft coral, for example.
I say for example because new things are always being discovered and it is estimated that there is still much, but much, to investigate.
Luckily, some ecological awareness has managed to protect the Barrier Reef of Belize from man, its main enemy. Thus, there is a system of natural reserves composed of atolls, cays and marine reserves. The protected area is 960km2. We have already talked about some of these wonderful sites: the Blue Hole, the Crescent Cay or the Ambergris Caye.
Ambergris Caye Beach
This reservation system is, since 1996, World Heritage, but there is always something threatening it and in this way it is in danger from hurricanes, pollution of maritime traffic or climate change. The direct consequence is the bleaching of coral, a phenomenon that has already affected it by 40%, which is why it is a heritage but in danger. You/ still have time to enjoy it.
Bleaching of coral reef