One of the major marine habitats in Belize are the vast seagrass beds, substrate and cover for countless millions of organisms and food for manatee, turtles and more. The importance of these "prairies" underwater are often overlooked by developers, fishermen and conservationists. If you get a chance to snorkel over these grassbeds, go real slow and look real close, you will be amazed at the amount of life ... oh, and you might not want to touch the grass blades with sensitive areas on your body (arms, chest, thighs, etc.) because the blades are covered with cnidarians, creatures whose sting can pack a whallop, especially if you have an allergic reaction to the poison... This is where I find sea horses...
Photograph by Tony Rath
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