Snorkeling in Belize!!!

Matt and I spent one morning in San Pedro snorkeling! It was so much fun!!! I had never been before, but I definitely want to snorkel again, it’s awesome. Our resort set us up with a reputable company, and the boat picked us up on the pier of our resort, how cool is that! We snorkeled at two different locations, one called Hol Chan, which is along the barrier reef, and the other is called Shark Ray Alley. So named because that’s where sharks and sting rays hang out. Our digital camera cannot go into water, so we purchased an underwater disposable camera from Target. We finally got the pics developed today. They turned out much better than I expected from a $7 camera. I’m quite pleased and wanted to share some, enjoy!

This isn’t us, but this is what it’s like to get picked up by the boat at your resort pier. Very cool!

Some pics from Hol Chan. Mostly coral.

It didn’t come out that well, but that’s a barricuda!

A sting ray from Shark Ray Alley. We saw a TON of sting rays. They are accustomed to being fed by fishermen, so they are actually pretty tame.

And now for a funny story about sea turtles. We saw two of them on our snorkel. The first one was at Hol Chan. He was extremely docile, and I’m not sure he even noticed us. We were able to get very close to him and he didn’t seem to care. The second sea turtle we saw was on a stop close to Shark Ray Alley where a fisherman was feeding some sting ray. This sea turtle was very territorial and definitely noticed us. He did NOT like us at all. We got in the water, and hadn’t been there two minutes when some of us, including Matt, noticed that the sea turtle was approaching Matt with much purpose in his swim. Matt barely got out of the way by floating horizontally to the top of the water. The turtle swam right under him and actually grazed his chest. We laughed incredulously, and while we were laughing, noticed that he had circled around and was coming at us again, this time straight at Matt and me. We quickly swam to either side of him to get out of his way. Afterward, I realized that maybe I should have looked for sting ray before dodging, but at the time, it was just a fast reaction. We laughed again, then noticed that he was circling around to charge us a THIRD time! Our snorkel guide noticed too, by this point, and hastily informed us it was time to move on! So we got back into the boat and went to Shark Ray Alley. But we can both now, as Matt puts it, cross “being charged by an angry sea turtle” off of our bucket lists!

This is the docile sea turtle.

And this is the territorial sea turtle, mid-charge!

And now on to Shark Ray Alley! Yes, we did see, pet, and hug sharks. But these are nurse sharks – kind of like big catfish. So all of you who consider yourself a child of “Jaws”, don’t worry. These animals are pretty harmless. They don’t have biting teeth, only chewing teeth. They feed on small fish and their mouth acts like a vacuum; they suck fish in, then chew them up and swallow them. We were warned by our guide not to put our hands too close to their mouths, not because we would lose them, but because we would basically get a hickey!! Haha! Unfortunately there were no good pictures of them, but we also saw baby sharks!! They were so cute and tiny, and they just followed the mama shark very closely.

These are the nurse sharks. They are quite accustomed to being fed. That’s our guide feeding them to make sure they would come around for us to see and pet them.

And this is Matt hugging a shark!

This is me petting the same shark. Our guide said this one was female.

Matt is petting a sting ray! I pet one too, the picture just didn’t come out well (there was a fish in the way.) They are actually very slimy!

And here’s a pretty starfish amongst the seaweed!


About jwall915

I love to cook and I love to travel! This blog explores my love of both. I share recipes and restaurant reviews, and I blog the trips I take.
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