by Oliver | February 18, 2010
The Laguna Bacalar lies in the southern part of the Yucatan, close to the border with Belize just west of Chetumal Bay. The long slender lagoon is connected to the Ocean by a mangrove swamp in the South. From the air the lagoon is just a thin sliver of different blue hues.
Below the surface the water is teeming with life, and home to many species of cichlids, poecilids and estuarine species entering the waters of Bacalar from the ocean. Along the shallow waters fringing the shore is a reef made of shells not coral, and in the depths of the lagoon Cenotes (sinkholes) drain freshwater from the Yucatan’s subsurface aquifer.