Lighthouse Reef & Half Moon Caye

Mar 14, 2018 - National Geographic Quest

Today, the last day of the ocean portion of the trip, we visit Half Moon Caye Natural Monument (HMCNM), the furthest from the mainland of Belize’s three atolls, and one of the only four atolls in the Western Hemisphere.  We went ashore for various activities.  One could choose to walk towards a nesting bird colony to have amazing looks at nesting magnificent frigatebirds and red-footed boobies.  We could also choose to go out snorkeling looking for animals within the coral reefs.  We had great views of various animals in their natural habitats.  It was windy, to say the least, but this did not deter us at all from any of the outings!

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Isabel Salas Vindas


Isa Salas is a Costa Rica born biologist, who loves her country and teaching about it.  Known for her professionalism and experience in the field of animal behavior, Isa earned her master's degree in biology from the University of Costa Rica, where she also engaged in research for the chemistry and biology departments. Isa has carried out specialized projects on mantled howler monkeys for Costa Rica’s National Institute of Biodiversity (INBio), and is one of the country’s experts on howler monkey sexual and social behavior. 

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