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Published: February 13th 2007
just rolled into victoria for the last time in a while. i am leaving this saturday to spend a week on sillhoutte island doing turtle hatchling surveys and hangin out with the native giant tortoises hector, carl, and the rest. the previous groups have seen lots of nesting turtles so it is likely that we will see plenty of hatchlings. yesterday marked the end of the first five weeks and we had our five week bbq. Plenty of fried yard bird and hot dogs (the first meat we've had on base) rum punch, complete with pineapple that i gathered from the hills, and Seybrew. The end of the first five weeks also means that four members of our group havce left us and 12 more arrive tommorow so things are about to get crazy.
Becuase of the high price of beer (15 rupees or about 3 dollars) I have resorted to carrying peoples spare tanks on double tank dives for free beer. Because there is no dock at base we have to walk anywhere from 100 feet to 500 feet with our dive kit and spare tanks. I charge a beer each way and
on a good day i can drink for free.
Last friday i was sent down to Port launay to do community work teaching the local kids, which is fine because sometimes they share their snacks. So far we have taught them about ecosystems ( coral reef, seagrass, and mangroves) and food webs (producers, carnivores, and herbivores). the kids are very smart and impossible to control once theyve ingested their sugary snacks. Last week we played some games, one of which is called high tide, where the kids run towards you and have do dive through your legs while being chased by the "sharks". anyway it was incredibly frightening having 20+ kids charging towards you only to duck through your legs at the last second. fortunately no staff members were injured.
Paul's 100th dive spectacularrr
Dive number 100 occured on monday the 12th 2007 and it goes like this;
i entered into the water just of the NE coast of Baie ternay and descended
to 20 meters where i was greeted by 9 eagle rays of increasing size. Then a
group of 4 whale sharks
swam by clapping in congratulations for my 100th dive.
i swam on until i was circled by huge bumphead parrotfish who spiraled around
me and sang happy birthday. when their song had ended 2 of the most beautiful mermaids
came by and presented me with my dive mask (which was lost the previous week)
and then i was carried back to the boat by 3 leatherback turtles where we all had
cake and ice cream.
Well thats all for a while i'm off to Sillhoutte to sit on a deserted beach for a week
with a bottle of rum and a good book or two.
P.S. Congratulations to Clay and Alisha and the birth of their son Topaz. I can't wait to meet the little guy!
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