UNUSUAL TIMES CALL for UNUSUAL MEASURES—Unusual Creatures of the Belize Barrier Reef
As humanity comes to a different pace in the midst of an international economic shutdown, we go from the usual hustle bustle routine to the new normality of spending time with family, being less wasteful and more self-sufficient and appreciating the little things in life. Slowing down and smelling the roses. The old unusual becomes the new usual.
Ancient Seas Courtesy Smithsonian Institute
Family Time at Blue Marlin Beach Resort
Our stunning Belize Barrier Reef has housed mysterious secrets since its formation hundreds of years ago. Blue Marlin Beach Resort, on the edge of the barrier reef, has been a mecca for fishermen, adventurers looking for remote destinations, and divers for decades. Belizeans live almost in a time zone of their own, with the motto “Go Slow”. Below the sea, the creatures of the Belize Barrier Reef live in an ancient time zone where prehistoric fossils provide life and shelter for modern day wonders of nature.
And in this otherworldly realm, we find otherworldly creature, with strange, unusual, and fascinating life cycles that draw the attention of amateur naturalists and renowned marine biologists alike. Here are 3 uniquely unusual creatures you may catch a glimpse of on your next dive or snorkel with our PADI certified guides and boat captains.
Come discover these unusual undersea wonders with us!
- Seahorses are unusual in that the females deposits the fertilized eggs into her mate’s specialized pouch on the front of his body.
- The male carries the eggs to term anywhere from 9 to 45 days, giving “birth” to up to 1500 pups
- The female reserves her energy of raising the brood so that she can mate again.
Seahorses can be found on patch coral reef or along the docks at Blue Marlin, where they hang out on the ropes from the dock in the water
- Octopus live mainly on the bottom of the sea or hide in crevices in coral
- They have very advanced brains, vision, and the incredible ability to change their appearance to blend into their surroundings—they are the masters of camouflage
- After laying her brood of eggs in a safe place, the mother octopus literally starves to death, preserving all her energy protecting her 200,000 babies until they hatch.
- Female octopus have been known the eat their own arms. While protecting their young they do not take time to hunt and become weak and easy targets for predators.
- Sea Cucumbers are not plants, like their name suggest. They are marine invertebrates
- They are valued around the world as an aphrodisiac, harvested and cooked in soups. They have a crunch texture, much like their namesake veggie
- There are over 1200 species of sea cucumber around the world. In Belize, they are a protected species and are not allowed to be harvested.