Living Coral Reefs -- A Fragile Environment
(Included in Corozal Environmental Carnival published by Belize Audubon Society)
Provides a brief, but clear overview of corals intended to give visitors enough information to understand the importance of their actions. Intent is to encourage responsible snorkeling/diving activities.
Main points are: Coral formations are made up of colonies of millions of tiny animals, that they grow slowly and are protected by a thin layer of tissue that protects corals from disease.
Encourages divers and snorkelers to avoid touching coral and exposing it to disease. Includes hand drawings of a reef scene, individual polyps, black band disease.
Reverse side shows correct and incorrect snorkelling and diving behavior:
"Its easy when we take time to THINK when snorkeling or diving"
1) Adjust your mask or other equipment in the boat, while standing on sand, or while hanging onto a buoy in deep water
2) Kick your fins cautiously in shallow water -- sand reaised by fins can suffocate coral or lower its resistance to disease!
3) Gloves increase the chances of contact with coral. Enjoy the view without your hands!
4) Keep your distance...Ocral is often sharp -- a safe distance of 2 feet will protect you and the reef.
ENJOY YOUR VISIT TO THE REEF TODAY!"