Unfortunately, a series of environmental disasters has negatively impacted the biodiversity of Lake Atitlán. In the 1950s, Guatemala introduced a host of non-native black bass to the lake in order to entice fisherman to the area. These fish ate their way through the natural ecosystem and today spawn often, but die quickly due to the variation in the lake’s temperatures. This has also had the unintended consequence of creating toxic cyanobacteria which produces a brown sludge on the water and a nasty smell. However, diving in Lake Atitlán is not completed for sightings of black bass. Rather, people hold an interest in diving here for the hope of finding historical artifacts and the intention of enjoying a dive at high altitude.
When diving near Guatemala’s Caribbean coast and into the Cayes of Belize, you can find about 70 species of coral and 400 species of fish. However, big sea animals are the show stoppers in this part of town. Divers occasionally spot whale sharks, nurse sharks, eagle rays, stingrays and even manatees. Schooling grouper, snapper, barracuda, Atlantic spadefish and horse-eyed jacks surround the walls of the atolls. Sea turtles use the area’s sandy beaches to nest during summer months.
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