More from Tiff: Utila Honduras
"I can never tell you how wonderful yesterday was, We hired a boat to go out to a deserted little caye--and we had it to ourselves all day. We snorkeled 4 hours straight. Rapture of the deep. We saw the most gorgeous fish and could even hear the beautiful muli-colored parrot fish crunching his coral dinner. The beautiful array of flourescent purple' green' red' yellow' and orange fish--all swimming against a background of purple and orange sea fans was heaven.
The water drops off very swiftly beyond the reef so the water goes from turquoise to deep aqua, to deep blue, to lavender, to purple within a few yards, Its all a bit vertigo inspiring but great. Brad--ever the prankster--saw I was really intense on one group of fish and he took that oppurtunity to swim before my mask--stark naked. He thought I would take him for King Neptune--but cynic that I am--I knew it was just Brad being Brad.
Tomorrow it looks like we are going to get to go out on a whale shark research boat where they tag the whale sharks to learn more to save them as they are a creature at risk. They are the largest fish in the world at up to 30 feet long and are quite husky. They sometimes take out tourists to snorkel among them (they swim very close to the surface because that is where they eat) so it is easy to swim near them--but not too close because with one swish of their tail your done.
After the whale shark (if we see one) we get to do a bunch of other snorkels--maybe swim with dolphins--anyway I'll tell about it when we're done. This island is an amazing socielogical and language study. The white people here are descendents of pirates and fisherman of long ago and the black people are descendents of those people's slaves and they akll speak some form of unrecognizable archaic English. The Spanish speakers seem mostly just to speak Spanish. Odd as the place is so small."
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