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Fauna

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“Nature has been for me, for as long as I remember, a source of solace, inspiration, adventure, and delight, a home, a teacher, a companion.” -- LorraineAnderson

A reference guide (most photos here are not in other posts) & compendium of the majority of fauna I spotted in the Caribbean Sea and at the Belize Zoo. Ichthyologists: feel free to email me corrections.
Indigo Hamlet
Horse Eye Jack
(juvenile) Yellowtail Damselfish
Blue Parrotfish
another Blue Parrotfish (possibly a Midnight Parrotfish)
Queen Conch
????
Sergeant Major Damselfish
Fairy Basslet (front half blue/back half yellow on right) with tons of Striped Blenny
Nassau Grouper
Green Moray Eel
French Angelfish
Blue-striped Grunt
Striped Blenny with Blue-striped Grunts
Stoplight Parrotfish
Rainbow Parrotfish
Goliath Grouper + Horse Eye Jacks

Obsessions

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"We need the tonic of wildness... At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable.We can never have enough of nature."
-- Henry Thoreau

Imagine the Atlantic Ocean as a barren plain & not an ocean at all.Instead of free-flowing water, just endless, dry land.It's hard to do isn't it, considering how vast the Atlantic is, but this was the case eons ago.Many cenotes -- especially in Central America -- were created, which spawned karstic caves, and as the sea level rose after the last Ice Age, they were transformed into inaccessible, underwater caves.Such is the story of the famous Blue Hole.My second full day in Belize was slated as the voyage around which my entire itinerary was centered, yet it almost didn’t happen.

I awoke at 04:30 and rode the rickety bicycle -- complimentary from the Hummingb…