Twin Cays, Belize

This is a satellite image of Twin Cays. The white areas you see on the image are places where locals have cleared the forest and built camps or have entertained the idea of building resorts. Poor planning on their part, as the substrate of a mangrove forest is peat, and very unstable even though they have brought in sand and dirt to build up the land. If you walk across these areas, they are very spongy, and tend to erode in severe weather, so most of these efforts have been abandoned. Unfortunately they have caused permanent damage to the island.

The island is approximately 1.3Km long, and 1.1Km wide comprising about 74.7 Hectares. The nubby textured areas are Mangrove forests, and as you can see there are numerous ponds which play a great part in the nutritional cycle of the mangroves, as well as other organisms. There are approx. 44 species of birds of which many are migrants, several reptiles, including boa constrictors, crocodiles, and several types of lizards. Lots of different species of crabs. The water around the island hosts many species of fish, including sharks and barracuda. You may also see an occasional manatee or dolphin. It is the home of extremely varied and colorful reef creatures. Beautiful fish, sponges and tunicates are everywhere... a snorkeling paradise.

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