While in Grand Riviere on Trinidad’s north coast, we got a call that a little farther west along the coast, in Matelot, a fisherman had some turtles tangled in a net. He couldn’t haul it; The turtles made the net too heavy. All the boats here are simple and open. All net-hauling is done by […]
PBS Television Show: "Saving the Ocean"
Grand Turtles of Grand Riviere Grand Riviere, on Trinidad’s northeast coast, is a narrow strip of shoreline backed by mountainous emerald jungle that tumbles to the broad sea. Almost as soon as the sun goes down, dark shapes dot the gleaming surf. And you realize those shapes are big, and they’re moving up the beach. […]
Today was the first day of abalone season. These mitt-sized snails cling to rocks in water from the high-tide zone down to about 60 feet deep. We accompanied several fishermen who dive among the sea lions and kelp to find them. They contend with water in the 50s, Fahrenheit, and strong surges from open-ocean rollers. […]
Today Javier took us to a gorgeous estuary called Estero Coyote. There’s a little tourist place here called Camp Rene that has very cheap accommodations and was almost empty when we were there. But beautiful! The fishermen here grow oysters (they’re delicious and cost about 25 cents apiece). The estuary is filled with migratory and […]
Punta Abreojos (Point Open-eyes) lies about 50 miles north of Laguna San Ignacio. Eddie Kisfaludy flew us up from the lagoon. It’s a small, dusty town, bookended by desert and sea. Coyotes walk the streets with some frequency, and ospreys’ huge stick nests adorn many of the utility poles. The draw here is a 60-year-old […]
Shortly after breakfasting in a sand-floored adobe dining hall whose thick walls are made of old car tires, we boarded 2 outboard-powered open boats called pangas. Our boats were captained by Pachico Mayoral and his son Jesus, who started guiding visitors to the whales here when he was 14 (pachicosecotours.com). Pachico told us that after […]