Fig. 1 The Donkey Dung Sea Cucumber (Holothuria mexicana). This large dark coloured leathery cucumber has a diameter of about 3" when contracted and a length of about 1 ft. It is common in the back reef areas. Harmless to touch, and when removed from the water contracts and becomes very leathery. They breathe through a respiratory tree.
Fig. 2 Donkey Dung Sea Cucumber moving along the sea floor between the reef and the island.
Fig. 3 Po-po-xlum, this 2" insect is very unusual in that it lives underground and makes burrows under the sand as seen in the next
Figure. These burrows may extend almost to the sea as the animal seemingly feeds on the rich organic material in the inter-tidal: are most active at night and after a rain.
Fig. 4 The track of the po-po-xlum tunnel in the sand.
Fig. 5 A cirratulid (tube dwelling worm) taken from just off the beach. These annelids are very common on the reef and in the back reef areas. They have thin long white tentacles that can be seen extended all over the bottoms. When touched these tentacles contract quickly. The tentacles are covered with sticky cilia and are feeding devices. The specimen is about 2 1/2" long not counting the tentacles.
Fig. 6 A small lizard (Anolis sagrei) blending into a concrete wall, about 5" long from head to tail. These harmless brown-black lizards feed extensively on house flies. BEACHCOMBERS TIP: A larger lizard up to 2 to 4 ft. long (Ctenosaurus similis), the Spiney Tailed Iguana or Wishwilly, is common on Ambergris Caye. They are edible, but no one eats them. They are in the same family as the true iguana, Iguana iguana which is considered a delicacy.
Fig. 7 A booby (Sula sp.), probably from the nearby sanctuary at Half Moon Caye, Lighthouse Reef. They are strong fliers and often feed on flying fish in he wild.
Fig. 8 Salted fish drying in the sun. They are "mojarra" ~ or slip mouths, one of the main fished caught in the beach traps.
Fig. 9 A termite nest in the fork of a mangrove tree. These brown black nests are 2 to 3 ft high, and the insects build their mud tunnels along the branches.