Lighthouse Reef under water
Date: February 16, 2019
At Lighthouse Reef, we spent a lot of time anchored near the western edge of the atoll. We were perfectly placed for diving, with the boat located right next to a coral reef. The reef was around 50 meters wide before it reached a steep drop off into unknown depths.
Probably a brown tube sponge:
Maybe a pink vase sponge:
This is an indigo hamlet:
Interestingly, we see lots of these in Belize, but have not seen them before in the Caribbean.
Yet another picture of a brain coral:
An unknown coral:
Probably an azure vase sponge on the right:
Blue chromis is a small and abundant fish around here:
These foureye butterfly fish often swim in pairs:
Damselfish are often aggressive and territorial. This is a threespot damselfish which was happy to pose for the camera:
Did you notice the flamingo tongue snail in the top left of the picture?
A yellow tube sponge:
Sometimes animals hide in the tube sponges. You can just see a small fish in this one:
This is a french grunt:
Another unknown coral:
Felicie enjoying herself:
On all the reefs in Belize we have seen large schools of creole wrasses:
The reefs around here are made up of huge formations, sometimes 5 meters tall. Here is the top of the one in the picture above after all the fish left:
Stingrays mostly swim on sandy bottoms, but this one is on its way up a large coral formation:
Felicie sees something interesting:
A tube sponge of some sort: