Posted by: orst86 | February 8, 2012

Day 2

Near 24d 11.225′ N. 75d 40.657 W

This Half Moon Cay (pronounced key) is also called Little Salvador island. Arrived about 7am. Hopped onto the second tender (shuttle) to the island. Pretty cool. The entire island is run by the cruise companies. You can do all sorts of things from parasailing, deep sea fishing, kayaking and swimming with the sting rays.  What I didn’t realize is that there are no towels on the island, you have to bring one from the cruise ship…which I didn’t.  So I got to use my t shirt as a towel.  Not a big deal as the temps are in the high 80’s.

I went for the string ray adventure. Good thing I brought along the trunks, because surprising I was not walking around the stings but rather snorkeling with them in an enclosure. Got to touch and feed the. Their skin is slimy to the touch with a harder back bone on it. There were seven of them swimming around the youngest is about 1 1/2 feet across at 6 years old. The oldest has a wing span of like 7 feet. Their barbs were moved. They have no teeth, just suction, and if lifted out the water, they spit at you, or rather the person that the mouth was pointed at. Very cool.  Once they figure out that you have a treat in the form of a squid in your hand, the otherwise docile beasts start to act like dogs and literally suction themselves to your front or back and beg for the food.

Half Moon Cay was originally inhabited by the Arawak Indians who were peaceful, until the Carib Indians showed up from South America
The Caribs were cannibals and they “ate their way across the islands” if you catch the drift. They provide us with two English words, Caribbean (obvious), and Buccaneer. The later word came from the Carib word boucans, a grill that they used to cook and smoke sliced meats on. What type of “meat” do you think they were referring .

I attach a few photos of the cay, stingray adventure, beaches and the ships docked in the background.  A very cool place to be.

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