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In Belize: Close encounters of the aquamarine kind

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Mexico Rocks boasts the most precocious turtle in the world.
Mexico Rocks boasts the most precocious turtle in the world.

Do not adjust your set. The ridiculously fluorescent blue water you see in these pictures is correct. The water on the reef just off Ambergris Caye is that blue below the surface.

Up above is a different story. There, as you look out from shore to reef, the color can change numerous times, shimmering between emerald and azure.

The other day I joined friends for a trip around the island, with a little snorkeling at Mexico Rocks thrown in at the end.  Read the rest of this entry »

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GoPro lessons: Let sleeping crocs lie and don’t mess with a hungry sea turtle

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This feisty little chap came up to my GoPro, decided that it wasn't food and gave it a hard slap with a fin as it spun away. The turtle is a well-known resident of Mexico Rocks, a popular dive and snorkel site along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in Belize.
This feisty little chap came up to my GoPro, decided that it wasn’t food and gave it a hard slap with a fin as it spun away. The turtle is a well-known resident of Mexico Rocks, a popular dive and snorkel site along the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef in Belize. Yes, those are sharks below. Gives you an idea of the clarity of the water on this day.

I’ve added a GoPro to my arsenal of photographic tools which, up to this point, consisted of an iPod.

At the moment I’m just learning what a GoPro can do (eg. nice underwater video of turtles) and can not do (eg. night photos of a gorgeous full moon).

A week ago, I tried to take photos of our neighborhood crocodile, Sophie, as she sunned herself in her private lagoon just north of the bridge from San Pedro. This was my first glimpse of Sophie. And Rose’s too. She spotted Sophie while cycling home from downtown and excitedly called me on the phone. Read the rest of this entry »

Opened a coconut with a machete today and, yes, I’m typing with all my fingers

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Did you know more people die from falling coconuts (and falling out of coconut trees)  than from shark attacks every year? Apparently that is a false statement. So, rest easy Belize!
Did you know more people die from falling coconuts (and falling out of coconut trees) than from shark attacks every year? Not true! Apparently this false statement is resurrected every time a shark attacks a human. So, rest easy Belize, knowing we have both a lot of coconut trees and sharks and that we’re relatively safe from both.

The mere fact that you are reading this is proof that I can, and did, successfully open my first coconut.

With a machete.

I bought the machete a few weeks ago. I suppose I could have bought a mahogany club, as some of my neighbors have. But a machete is dual purpose: self-defense and opening coconuts. Read the rest of this entry »