Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Sea Creatures

Sea Creatures
We returned to the cove again yesterday. It was warmer yesterday than it has been, maybe only by a couple of degrees; but when climbing that steep hill (small mountain) you sure notice the difference. When we got halfway down the hill and stopped at a look out point, we could see something in the water. At first we weren't sure exactly what it was; but then realised that it was a man snorkling. When he came out of the water he was holding a net bag holding his catch, so we wandered over to him to investigate . He emptied his bag onto the beach, showing us what he had caught. Sea cucumbers and octopus! Not the most attractive catch of the day. He had 2 big 5 gallon pails on shore and separated the beasties, throwing them into the pails full of water. He took off his wetsuit and chatted with us for a few minutes. He said that what he had caught would get him 50 pesos (about $5.00). We said that it was a lot of work for that amount of money and he shrugged and said, "it's work". I wonder how you prepare sea cucumbers to eat? They were not that appetizing to look at, so I am not going to look too hard for a recipe for them! Roy allowed one of the octopus tentacles to attach to his finger, lots of suction. The fellow told us that he can't just pull them off of the rocks, he has to use his hook tool, as they stick so tightly. He had to carry the two pails, his wetsuit, flippers, and the rest of his gear all up the big hill, making several trips.
The tide was low, so we wandered all over the flat rocks containing tide pools and checked out the inhabitants. Today for the first time we saw Sea Slugs and also 1 Sea Cucumber, along with the usual urchins, etc.. The sea slugs are interesting to watch, they look like giant snails wandering around in the water. All the little shells with their dwellers crawling along and everyone contributing their bit to the cycle of life. I couldn't resist walking along the beach with my feet in the water, well up to my knees actually, to cool off. Great way to spend a January afternoon.

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