Today’s photo of the day is the Amazing Belize Barrier Reef which straddles the coast of Belize – roughly 300 meters offshore in the north and 25 miles in the south. The Reef is home to a large diversity of plants and animals and is one of the most diverse ecosystems of the world.
The Great Charles Darwin described it as “the most remarkable reef in the West Indies” in 1842.
The above photo was taken by Brian Skerry, an award-winning Photographer from National Geographic who specializes in Marine Wildlife and Underwater environments. He describes the shot as follows:
A view from 12,000 feet, off the coast of Belize, shows the parts of the system that make the whole. The outer reef breaks the force of the ocean swells. Next comes the white line of coral rubble along the reef crest, then the sandy back reef, and, finally, the lagoon: a maze of sand islets, mangrove cays, and sea grass beds.
The Belize Barrier Reef is one of the largest coral reef systems in the world after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the new Caledonia Barrier Reef and is also Belize’s top tourist destination popular for scuba diving and snorkeling.