Friday, May 11, 2007

The Nature Conservancy - Coral reef movie: Belize fish spawning aggregation

More than a million years ago tiny marine organisms began laying the foundations of the Meso-American Reef, a long spine of coral hugging ... all » the shore of present-day Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras.

Through the ages their fanciful castles, spires and grottoes grew taller and bigger with each wave of calcium carbonate and skeleton laid down by coral polyps, coralline algae, tube worms and mollusks. Their construction continues to this day, making the Meso-American Reef the second largest coral reef in the world after Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

To learn more about this magical place and the work that The Nature Conservancy is doing there, check out this video clip.