On palm-shaded Half Moon Caye, orange iguanas, land crabs, and rare red-footed booby birds share a magnificent nesting area.
To the south, spectacular coral architecture grows in waters that are home to dolphins and, in some seasons, massive plankton-eating whale sharks. Mangrove-fringed islands feature lagoons filled with manatees, and, near the banks, crocodiles.
Robinson hopes that the interactive component of the expedition, bringing all these wonders to the attention of the world, will inspire people to take a more active role in protecting such places.
"It is through expeditions like these that we will be able to bring to light the struggles and accomplishments that are needed to save and preserve that which we cannot replace," she said.
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