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We, divers, know Cozumel marine life never ceases to amaze us.
In a reef community as extensive and abundant as Cozumel has (we cannot forget that it is the second-largest barrier reef in the world), you can find marine life in hundreds of forms, species, and colors.
In addition, the southwestern end of the island is within the “Arrecifes de Cozumel” marine park. This is a protected area where fishing is not allowed, so the resident marine life enjoys the ecosystem and develops abundantly.
We apologize for upfront because, in these lines, it will not be possible to list the entire catalog of all the marine animals of Cozumel. Despite this fact, we will review the most spectacular.
1. Cozumel Corals
We cannot talk about the marine life of Cozumel without talking about the corals. They are the living beings that sustain the entire ecosystem. We will classify them into 6 large families.
2. Invertebrates of Cozumel
Invertebrates are intrinsic to coral reefs and are part of them, increasing their beauty. Among the most notable invertebrate families of Cozumel, we find the following ones.
Echinoids, Holothurids and Ophiuroids
Hydroids, Zoantharies and Actinaries
3. Cozumel reef fish
Some species of fish are exclusive to the reef that serves as their refuge, provides them with food, and they are a preferred breeding ground.
Among the reef fish of Cozumel, the following families predominate.
3.1. Cozumel Fish Experts in Mimicry
Some Cozumel fish are masters of disguise and experts at going unnoticed because of their color, body shape, or ability to camouflage themselves in the substrate. Below, we list some of these families. Are you able to see them?
3.2. Endemic Fish of Cozumel
Other fish can only be found on the reefs of Cozumel. That is the case of the endemic to the island Cozumel Splendid Toadfish.
3.3. Types Of Cozumel Sharks and Stingrays
3.4. Other predators of Cozumel
5. Cozumel Mammals
Few marine mammals can be seen in Cozumel, but among them, we can highlight the following.
Cozumel’s marine life is immense, but all divers have a favorite reef fish, or marine animal. Which is yours? Share it with us on Facebook .