Cadet Blog: A Day At The Beach, Flying Fish, & Sea Turtles
The day started off a little later than planned due to a two hour delay getting the pilot aboard. This sometimes happens due to a backup of ships trying to get into port. The pilot did not come aboard until 10:25 and liberty did not get piped until 2:00.
Once we got off the ship we went to a nearby beach that was close to a fresh seafood shack. Everyone got flying fish sandwiches. Flying fish are fish that jump out of the water and appear to be flying.
Earlier in the week, we saw thousands of flying fish while underway.
What is the average length of a flying fish?
How far can a flying fish glide in the air?
You can find out here.
Click on this link to read some AMAZING facts about the flying fish found in the Caribbean.
You will have to look very carefully into the water to spot the flying fish in this video. Can you see the flying fish hopping out of the water?
They are a little easier to see in this 10-second video.
You may want to watch it a second time.
Middle School & High School Followers: Watch the video of a flying fish being cleaned in Barbados
After lunch we went to a local dock that had a rope swing and water trampolines. The water was so clear that you could see the bottom twenty feet deep.
All of the cadets had a blast at the beach. A boat anchored off the shore and was offering snorkeling with sea turtles for a small fee. A few of my friends and I jumped on the offer. It was an amazing experience being able to be so close to such amazing creatures. Sea turtles can move a lot faster than you think and it was hard to keep up with them.
Would you like to swim with sea turtles in Barbados? Jump in!
Hawksbill Sea Turtles and Leatherback Sea Turtles are found off the coast of Barbados. Study the diagrams. Could you tell them apart?
Sea Turtles in Barbados are threatened.
Click here to read about the problem and learn what people can do to help.