Did you know

That the thunderous tuna is more closely related to the delicate seahorse than a sailfish or a marlin? You may have seen these two relatives swimming around the same reef and never thought they could be so similar.

Did you know

That the Mimic octopus (Thaumoctopus mimicus) has the amazing ability to mimic lionfish, sea snakes, anemones, jellyfish, flatfish, brittle stars, giant crabs, stingrays, flounders and mantis shrimp!

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That sponges may be the missing link in nutrient cycling on coral reefs! A recent study on Curaçao has shown that sponges commonly found on coral reefs take up dissolved organic matter which they then use for rapid cell division.

Did you know

That lionfish and moray eels have been found hunting together in the wild! Hunting relationships between organisms of different species like this one can help protect both species from predators as well as increase their chances of finding prey.


CIEE Research Station Bonaire provides a world-class learning experience in marine ecology and conservation. Our program is designed for students with biology-related majors who have completed at least one year of biology or environmental science and seek an innovative classroom and field-based academic program focused on diverse tropical ecosystems in the southern Caribbean, with an emphasis on marine plant and animal life.


Through the academic program, students study and dive with local experts in a small group setting and participate in excursions to sites of ecological and cultural importance, including kayaking, caving, and bird watching. We offer semester programs in the Fall and Spring along with an intensive January term and Summer sessions. Read more about our academic program and courses during each of these terms…


Bonaire is a small island (< 300 km2) located just north of Venezuela in the southern Caribbean that is home to approximately 18,000 permanent residents. Bonaire was part of the Netherlands Antilles until 2010, when it, along with St. Eustatius and Saba, became a special municipality of the Netherlands.
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