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Health of patch reefs

Awendaw, South...
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Health of patch reefs

We are considering going to Glover's atoll. We really like the set up. However, we are worried that the patch reefs are degraded -- i.e. grey and white instead of colorful.

Any information would be helpful.

The Dalles, Oregon
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1. Re: Health of patch reefs

We've found the snorkeling and diving out there to be AMAZING - lots of variety and color, cool small stuff like juvenile spotted drums and toad fish and big stuff like spotted eagle rays and huge nurse sharks, the works!

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Haven't been out to Glovers but we've been twice to Turneffe, where I would assume that the same conditions exist. The reefs on T are vibrant, colorful, healthy, full of fish and hard and soft corals. You couldn't ask for better. I don't know how easy the reef is to access from Glovers. I read a lot about how the world's reefs are being degraded, and I have seen some areas that are in trouble, but they are localized, not a trend that I can see. I have visited the exact same spots around the Caribbean and have seen coral reestablishing itself after hurricanes and other trauma. i've seen a lot of trauma from boats and people and hurricanes, but very little evidence of bleaching. A lot of the deeper reefs off Mexico and Belize and Honduras have corals covering every inch of available space, a coral zoo. Coral species fighting it out to occupy each inch.

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I've gotten to dive most of the reef, and while the northern and southern parts have some slight degradation, the rest seems quite healthy. Quite a healthy diversity of coral too. Enjoy it!

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4. Re: Health of patch reefs

I was down at Glover's in June. Lots of gorgonians and soft corals all over the place. More Flamingo Tongues in one day than I have ever seen in my entire life. There's a Flickr link to a lot of underwater photos from Glover's on the Belize post I recently did, including a lot of snorkeling on the tiny patches in front of Off the Wall.

I was in Bonaire in March - the reef condition doesn't come close to comparing with Glover's - although there were a lot of exotic fish!


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