Today was spent on Belize’s reef, specifically at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. In this one shallow area of the reef, near a cut that leads out to the wider ocean, are a variety of ecosytems, from coral forests to sea grass fields. The result is a congregation on any given day of at least 80% of the acquatic species native to the Caribbean. Compared to Australia’s Barrier Reef, which is suffering from a starfish invasion and coral bleaching, the reef here is in prime health.

But rather than tell you, let me show you. Hang in there to the end of the video to see Andy holding and petting a friendly nurse shark!

At Hol Chan Marine Reserve