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The boat’s unique name is the result of Bill’s desire to follow the time honored tradition of naming a boat after a wife, girlfriend, or daughter, with a “logical” twist (as in If A=B and B=C, Then A=C). The logic follows that If a worm is named after Gayle AND the boat is named after the worm, THEN the boat is named after Gayle. Indeed Gayle has a marine worm named after her, Spiraserpula plaiae in recognition of her discovery of the species-specific structures found in the worm’s tube. The logo shows the structures in the tube for Gayle’s worm. The tongue-twister name is often perceived as Sassparilla which we have learned to respond to. So far we have not met a boat named Sassparilla.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
While our guests were here we took off to Long Island, Conception Island, and Lee Stocking Island. on the way we caught 2 tuna. There was beautiful clear water at Conception and Lee Stocking, however it was disturbing to see the coral so unhealthy at Conception (a national park far from any civilization). You may have heard me talking about Lee Stocking Island. Ten years ago I was sent to the marine research station there for a week. (tough duty) This was my first exposure to the Exumas and I left a part of myself there. In particular, there is a beach that is probably my favorite place in the whole world. From the beach is a path that will take you to the highest place in the Exumas, Perry's Peak and the view from there is nothing less than spectacular.
It appears that the research station has closed down. While we were there, a charity group was packing up furniture to remove from the island. The office is empty. Someone appears to be maintaining the moorings. Snorkeling and diving are still good there. The coral looked well--even the Elkhorn reef near shore on the Exuma Sound side looked better than anything I saw on Conception.
Hopefully our next stop will be another place I love--Inagua.
Monday, March 4, 2013
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Jim and Jane made it here a couple of days ago and yesterday we took them out to the little patch reef around the northern point. Jane has a CAMERA and she let me use it so I am posting some underwater picture of the patch reef. There is also a nice drift dive that we will do today and maybe get some conch.
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Friday, January 25, 2013
Thursday, January 10, 2013
I did find, though, the fish let you get much closer when you are not sticking a camera in their faces.