Conservation of Cozumel’s Reefs for Future Generations
Cozumel is widely known for its spectacular coral reefs. Various species are dependent upon the nutrition and shelter the coral reefs offer them, thus the protection of the reefs is vital for the whole marine life. Unfortunately, coral reefs in different parts of the world have been destroyed by human actions.
One of the main priorities of Manta Raya Divers is to enjoy the underwater world without causing harm to its fragile ecosystem.
The divers in Manta Raya Divers are reminded that coral and marine life are protected in Cozumel and should not be touched or collected. The coral reefs are not only a beautiful sight for divers, but they also offer a home for various species, work as indicators of water quality and quality of environment and protect from erosion from coastlines. In addition, they have provided a job for people in fishery and nursery areas. When diving around the coral reefs, we enter homes and lives of numerous different species. It is our responsibility to respect the vulnerable underwater life, in order to be welcomed by it now and in the future.
Cozumel’s Manta Raya Divers needs your help to protect our reefs here and worldwide, how you can help? Master Buoyancy Control is The Key, no Reef or Bottom Contact. Take our Specialty Course on Mastering Buoyancy Control, we will love to help you on achieving your goal.
Photographers, Your cooperation Please, by having perfect Buoyancy Control, we will give you tips on how to safely interact with sea life to get the greatest shot. Less Movement for better Control, results on a better Photograph!
Sign up for a Specialty Course for useful tips in becoming an Eco-friendly diver. This is easy to integrate with your Scuba Package with Manta Raya Divers.
Protect Sharks, Rays, Pink Conch, Grouper, Sea Turtle by not eating them in our local restaurants, there are many other species that are as good or better taste on the menu’s such as Lion Fish, Hogfish, Mutton Snapper etc.
So much life just below the surface Cozumel’s Reefs! Scuba Diving or Snorkeling!
Diving Cozumel-The great joy, relaxation & synchronicity that comes from being down under water, and remaining submerged from l5 min. to even 9O min., depending upon your safe dive profile/plan while experiencing a unique diving environment. Here lies part of the Second Largest Barrier Reef in the world! The Mesoamerican Reef System, Mexico’s, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras Caribbean Coast.
Everyone is always amazed at the variety of colorful fish, sponges, and coral formations. The diversity that makes up our coral reef system is like walking through the middle of the Amazon Forest, but underwater.
The magnificent diversity of the topography is seen from one reef to another, in as little as a 2 nautical mile range, as well as in the same reef but at different depths.
The SW Reefs of the island, the World Famoso Palancar, Colombia, among many others, are amazing. The first thing we notice are the magnificent colors of black, purple, red, green, orange, blue, yellow, brown, as well as other colors the human eye can not differentiate. If you stop and really look, you’ll be surprised to find at least 10 different species of sponges in a small area (1 sq. meter or 3.5 sq. ft). In deeper water some sponges can grow to gigantic dimensions.
We can find hundreds of species, some in freshwater as well. They all have an outstanding regeneration process often developing into full adult size from a small piece of another one. But it is a slow process, taking a few years. They reproduce sexually as well as asexually, and usually in the spring and autumn, but this varies. You can witness this process, literally seeing the release of sperm, which invade females through their water circulation system and the fertilizing process goes on for about 2 weeks.
Sponges also play an important role for the reef dwelling animals. Many invertebrate organisms live in the crevices deep inside the atrium of the sponge, such as brittle stars, anemones, arrow crabs, pistol and cleaning shrimps. Many other sea animals find protection, either temporary or permanent, inside the small internal spaces of the sponges. Researchers have found crabs, clams, flatworms, barnacles and others, all living within sponges.