Title:
Illuminated School
Photographer:
David Southall
Age Group:
Over 18s
Region:
Americas
Country:
Belize
Nature’s Assets
Camera Used:
Nikon Coolpix AW120
Image caption:

Hol Chan Marine Park is a fantastic example of how marine parks can deliver a healthy reef and a healthy ecosystem. Snorkeling and diving in the park allows visitors to really appreciate how many big fish, and large schools of fish, there are compared to seen in unprotected areas elsewhere in the Caribbean. During a dive there in July 2015 we saw many such examples. This school, including Bluestriped Grunts and Gray Snapper, was one of many similar sized schools we saw in the 30 foot deep water, and the sun's illuminations enhancing the central part of the school really helped set off the image. This image was taken with a point and shoot camera that can be used underwater. I believe it can help communicate the important message that appropriate protection can deliver healthy reefs that also support healthy socio-economic development through both tourism and sustainable fishing in adjacent marine areas. Edits to the image were some highlights, color adjustments and exposure updates.

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