Belize Island Adventure Blog

creole-woodcarvingOne of the most popular types of wood used is mahogany, but other woods are used as available as well. Many vendors will set up tables in market places and other public areas to sell their wares. Some wood carvings can be pretty rudimentary, but others can be quite elaborate.

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lobsterinbelizeIf you love the succulent sweet taste of wild caught lobster book you tickets now! Mid-June marks the opening of lobster season and here at Blue Marlin we always serve the freshest caught in the wild Caribbean Lobster

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traditional-belize-medicineOur natural pharmacy: The knowledge and practice of traditional medicine in Belize is as diverse as its cultural heritage and botanical diversity. In an area that is not just home to more species of plants than most other regions on earth, but is equally rich in cultural diversity, the number of plants used for medicines in different ways by different people is mind boggling.

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The whale shark is the largest shark that has it’s mouth at the very front of its head and is known to be the largest fish in the ocean. It has a wide and flat head, a rounded snout and small eyes and it’s color includes light yellow stripes and large white dots on a dark gray skin.

They have 2 dorsal fins, 2 pectoral fins and 5 large gill slots. Although this fish is not a part of the whale family, it has a size that resembles many whale species. Whale sharks grow up to 50 feet in length and can weigh up to 15 tons. They have a mouth that can stretch to 4 feet wide and a jaw lined with over 3,000 teeth. Despite its intimidating presence, this creature is completely harmless to humans and it is estimated that they can live up to 150 years.

The whale shark favors tropical and warm temperate waters all over the world and can be generally seen alone, but pairs are seen occasionally.

The whale sharks feed by straining small animals from the water (filter feeding). They do this by swimming with their mouth open to obtain large masses of water filled with organisms, and then closes its mouth, the gill rakers are then used to filter the food from the water, whatever organisms do not pass through the gills are eaten. The organisms that serves as nourishment are plankton, krill, small fish, thimble jellies and squids. Whale sharks are common in March, April and May near Placencia Belize.

They appear like clockwork during those months at Gladden Split, where large groups of grouper and snapper gather to spawn with the full moon on each of those months. The large amounts of released eggs and sperm from the spawning provide a plentiful source of protein rich food for the whale sharks. They do not have to travel quickly through the water to filter food, most often they travel less than 3 miles per hour.

The whale sharks reach sexual maturity at age 30 then they are able to mate and reproduce. Researchers are mixed as to whether these sharks lay eggs or give birth to live young. New born whale sharks are generally 2 feet in length.

Want to learn more about Belize Whale Sharks? Come, and join us as we go in search for the biggest fish in the sea.

Belize Hot Dive Blog

Discover Scuba Dive 3Belize is an authentic destination for travelers in search of a unique experience. From mystical Maya temples, pristine rainforests and the longest barrier reef in the western hemishphere, Belize is your perfect Central American getaway destination.

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