More than 220 different species have been recorded in Honduran waters and those around the Bay Islands, which form a part of the most extensive barrier reef within the entire northern hemisphere. The species found include whale sharks, hawksbill turtles, dolphins, West Indian Manatee, spotted eagle ray and yellow stingray. Other peculiar and rare creatures encountered in Honduran seas are seahorses, spiny reef lobsters, longlure frogfish, porcupine fish, secretary blenny, queen angelfish, and the spotted trunkfish.
The following gallery contains images of the species which Honduran waters boast. The seas here are of the highest value to international marine biologists.
- Whale Shark
- Spotted Trunkfish
- Oceanic Whitetip Reef Shark
- Hawksbill Sea Turtle
- Hammerhead Shark
- Bottlenose Dolphins
- Caribbean Reef Shark
- West Indian Manatee (a particular favourite of mine).
- Spotted Eagle Ray
- Lionfish (invasive species)
- Yellow Stingray
- Bull Shark (a species which thrives in freshwater).
- Beautiful Corals
- Young American Crocodile on a log, Bay Islands.
The Honduran Bay Islands, are world-renowned diving sites, said by many to be as far as the best in the world. Diving schools and opportunities to work in the industry or learn how to dive are ‘ten a penny’. The islands of Roatan, Utila and Guanaja are filled to the brim with places to experience marine life in Honduras. Please see videos below.