Blackbird Caye Resort is home to dozens of wild & marine life. Our 27 species of birds love our warm, tropical climate and consist mainly of Brown Pelican, Magnificent Frigate Bird, Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, Little Blue Heron, Osprey and Spotted Sandpiper. Bird-watching is some of our guests’ favorite activities.
Marine life in Turneffe Atoll is absolutely breathtaking. Parrotfish, Angelfish, Triggerfish, Rockfish, and Red tail Snapper, Horse Eye Jacks, Black Gray and Yellowtail Snapper, Barracuda, Grouper, Needlefish, bonefish, Sardines, Tarpon, Snook, Permit, Tuna Mackerel, Spotted Eagle Rays, Wahoo, Skate, Grunt, Marlin, Swordfish and Squid just to name a few.
Our mammals include the Antillean Manatee, 4 species of dolphins, and 3 species of whales.
During a recent visit to Blackbird Caye Resort, Adam Freese took some amazing photographs to share. Please enjoy them!
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Turneffe Atoll is located just over 24 miles (38 km) east of Belize City and is surrounded by intensely coloured waters, which glisten vivid blue, green and turquoise. An atoll is a ring-shaped reef, island or chain of islands formed of coral.
At approximately 30 miles (38 km) long and 10 miles (16 km) wide it is the largest atoll in Belize. Turneffe Atoll is made up of a series of mangrove islands, cays, lagoons and lush grassland marine robes — all of which are surrounded and protected by a ring of vibrant and unique coral species.
The atoll was officially declared a marine reserve in 2012 by the Ministry of Forestry, Fisheries and Sustainable Development.
It is the most biologically diverse coral atoll in the Western Hemisphere. The islands — some of which are larger than 5,000 acres — are covered by more than 77 different varieties of vegetation. Interspersed with lagoons, mangrove forests cover almost all low-lying areas of the atoll.
Turneffe Atoll’s reef supports a wide range of diverse aquatic species such as the endemic white spotted toadfish and the white lined toadfish. Plentiful sponges and corals provide feeding grounds to endangered animals including the green sea turtle.
Blackbird Caye South is thought to have the largest sea turtle nesting site on the atoll and has witnessed loggerhead turtles nesting on Blackbird Oceanic Field Station beaches in recent years.
Belize’s largest American saltwater crocodile population also resides within the atoll, approximately 200-300 individuals. It is also the only offshore stretch of water designated for the endangered Antillean manatee.
Giant marine toads, green tree snakes and other reptiles and amphibians use the littoral forests and brackish lagoons at their home.
Blackbird Caye Resort can take you there. Check out the website for more information: http://blackbirdresort.com
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