Jake tried swimming sans life jacket off the back of the boat while we were in Black Point. I went in with him showing him how to tread water. He was able to start swimming without much fuss. Now he believes after one afternoon that he is an expert so we now need a very careful eye that he just does not jump in.
On the spear fishing front, our technique (Hammish from Free@Last and myself) continues to improve as does the variety of our catch. I am still using a spear without tip, so more or less bludgeoning the fish. The downside of this approach is that I loose my share if I hit them in a non-fatal place, like the lower belly, as they can easily slide off, being there is no spear tip with barb to hold them. Just increases the degree of difficulty. Our catch list now includes, sting ray, lobster, trigger fish and grouper. Of the fish, while the trigger is held to be the best tasting, our current vote is for the grouper, which we prepared by rolling them in a spiced flour and lightly frying. The lobster was a close second. We have also started to purge lion fish. Lion fish are very interesting, almost seeming to have feathers that fan out, are a very nice black and white color, one might suggest beautiful. They are also extremely poisonous and not native to the Bahamas, having no known predators here. They were introduced accidentally a couple of years ago, and now are almost everywhere. They like to hide under ledges in coral, but are very docile and not aggressive. I guess not having predators makes you pretty confident. Their favorite fish is the Nassau Grouper which is under immense pressure from over fishing already. We now spear and kill any lion fish we see, doing our part to reduce the scourge. Oh yeah and it is pretty fun.
Last note, we have uploaded our first set of Bahamas pictures, see the link to the right.
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