Odds of Tobago

Beez Neez
Skipper and First Mate Millard (Big Bear and Pepe)
Thu 1 Jul 2010 22:31
Odds and Whatnots of Tobago
 
 
 
 
On our way out one day we thought it funny to see a golf cart being hoyed away
 
 
 
 
 
 
Most evenings it was a swim downstairs, a jacuzzi up with some sort of tipple - well it seemed the done thing
 
 
 
 
 
We met a variety of creatures including this big boy
 
There are no venomous creatures on Tobago, the biggest snake is the twelve foot boa constrictor. A great story about this creature comes from a forest man in Castara.
"When ah was a boy mah papa worked on a cocoa farm way in de forest above Englishman's Bay. In de school holidays pappy'd take me with him to work pickin cocoa. We all took food boxes with bread n fruit and water. At midday when the sun was hottest we'd stop work and have our food n water. On dis day we found an old gnarled moss covered tree trunk to sit on in de shade of a great silk cotton tree. One oh de men took out his cutlass to slice isself a wedge o watermelon and stabbed his cutlass into de log when he finished with it. At dat moment de log buckled an twisted throwing us all onto de ground. Blood was oozing from de cutlass point stickin in de log. De log was a giant serpent which was dozin in de midday heat. De monster slithered away in de thick tangle o de forest"
 
 
 
 
 
Jump bought some new flop flops and then had a job choosing - the old ones have given great service
 
 
 
 
Check these out
 
 
 
 
One day at Pigeon Point we went off with Andy on the glass bottomed adventurer 'First Try'
 
 
 
 
 

We saw plenty of these chaps. The Sergeant Major or píntano (Abudefduf saxatilis, family Pomacentridae) is a large, colourful damselfish. It earns its name from its brightly striped sides, which are reminiscent of the insignia of a military Sergeant Major. It grows to a length of about six inches. The fish feed upon the larvae of invertebrates, zooplankton, smaller fish, crustaceans and various species of algae. They are preyed upon by some members of the Labridae and Serranidae families. The female lays her eggs in patches on firm substrate and then gets chased away by her suitor. The boys then guard the eggs vigorously until they hatch. Sergeant majors are found throughout the tropical reaches of the Atlantic, including off the south coast of the United States, Central America, eastern South America, including the island Bonaire and western Africa. They are often found on coral reefs at depths of between one and twelve meters.They are popular aquarium fish, although their aggressively territorial nature can pose problems if not closely watched.

 
 
 
 
The classic Pigeon shot
 
We sat one afternoon chatting to one of the life guards at Pigeon Point. He said his brother had just been in a car crash - he being a PhD in Oceanography - but the crash was an inconvenience to our new friend as his brother always looked after his racin' goats when he went on holiday. So no holiday plans could be made until said brother came out of plaster. Racin goats. Yes they actually race goats and crabs. They have race tracks that are purpose built, the biggest race is Good Friday, Holiday Monday and the day after as the Tuesday is an unofficial day off. The trainers run behind the goats and pray that they suddenly don't fancy a nibble en route. Pity we couldn't get to a race but that would be an event.
 
 
 
 
 
Jump thought she was posing for a holiday pic - then I pointed out the shower she had chosen
 
 
 
 
 
A Pigeon loud mouth - boy can these chaps sing..........The bangle is given at the one pound eighty entrance - keeps the beach preserved 
 
 
 
 
Back for the usual
 
 
 
 
 
As not to disappoint 'One Careful Owner' - not special until Bear gets in the frame
 
 
 
 
My favourite at Canoe Bay. No it's not out of focus, during a tropical storm Jump and I ran into the sea. Visibility very poor but so much fun.
 
 
 
ALL IN ALL A LOT OF FUN