Oceanic Society's Blackbird Caye Field Station (Turneffe Atoll, Belize)December 13 2014
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Turneffe Atoll is the largest and most biologically diverse coral atoll in the Western Hemisphere. Located 25 miles east of Belize City and surrounded by deep oceanic waters, Turneffe is approximately 30 miles long and 10 miles wide.
The islands, some larger than 5,000 acres, are covered by at least 77 different vegetation types. Mangrove forests are interspersed with brackish lagoons, covering most of the low-lying areas. A reef crest and magnificent shallow coral buttresses is followed by reef rim on the outer reef drop-off. Oceanic Society has been working to study and protect the marine life of Turneffe Atoll for more than a decade, and we have owned and operated our Blackbird Caye Field Station on Turneffe Atoll since 2001.
This expedition aims to document the marine biodiversity, and share the information with scientists, citizen scientists, and educators.