With the expedition in it’s final stages, the reefs off Roatan gathered our focus. The Aggressor II’s crew, intimately familiar with these waters, led our divers to their next destination, Pirate’s Point. A wall dive, Pirate’s Point was dominated by gorgonians, black coral and large barrel sponges, giving divers a good taste of the deeper reefs.
Gorgonians and sponges on the deep reef, (c) Kip Evans Photography
An important piece of the reef conservation efforts in Honduras has been the recent declaration in 2011, marking Honduran waters as a shark sanctuary. By making a strong stand against shark fishing, the Honduran government has paved the way for the recovery of sharks and the reefs they inhabit. Expedition team member Giacomo Palavicini, explains the importance of sites like Cara a Cara.
A Caribbean reef shark at Cara a Cara, (c) Kip Evans Photography
“This is the only place in Roatan and probably in a lot of the Bay Islands where you can find Caribbean reef sharks in a still healthy population of mature females.…