TURNEFFE ATOLL

Feb 19, 2020 - National Geographic Quest


National Geographic Quest navigated the islands of Belize in search of the best and safest location for daily activities. As high wind prohibited our first stop, our quest continues until we arrived at a pristine location within the Turneffe Atoll Marine Reserve. The Turneffe Atoll was declared a national marine reserve by the government of Belize on 22 November 2012. Size: The Atoll itself is approximately 48.3 kilometers long and 16.1 kilometers wide (30 miles long and 10 miles wide), within a marine management area encompassing approximately 131,690 hectares (325,412 acres).

We found two great activities, one snorkeling spot and another to do some Zodiac explorations. On the Zodiac expedition, we learn about the mangrove and is importance not just for the birds but also for keeping the soil from eroding. We saw many juvenile fishes using the roots system and a defense against predators. The snorkeling expedition allowed guest to enjoy the beauty of the underwater world of the Marine Reserve.

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About the Author

Wilfred Mutrie

Naturalist

Wilfred lives in Western Belize and has been a licensed tour guide for over 17 years.

About the Photographer

José Calvo

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Nicknamed “Indio” (Indian) because of his powers of observation and quiet nature, José has almost two decades of experience working as a naturalist and photography guide; as well as being recognized as an expert birder and nature photographer in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is rich in biodiversity — over 893 bird species have been recorded in the country. Since very young José spent all of his free time in the outdoors in the forest, where he soon fell in love with the birds. He particularly enjoys listening to their calls, and watching their behavior. Oddly enough, another one of Jose’s passions is science and technology, and because of this, he was among the first in Costa Rica to experiment with digital photography. As the technology quickly improved so did his love for it.  He truly believes that nature photography is the perfect combination of both of his passions.

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