Thursday, May 17, 2007

Today we went fishing directly opposite our house on the Atlantic. I saw a big shark - the first one we've seen there - but unfortunately the water was too rough to identify it. There was a big school of small jacks that were nailing our lures but none of them got hooked. We also saw a little turtle. I'm pretty sure it was a green turtle, not a hawksbill, judging by the shell.

My dad was bringing in a medium sized Yellowtail Snapper (Ocyurus chrysurus) that got off while we were bringing it up and a resident cuda chomped him as soon as he hit the water. The barracuda (Sphyraena barracuda) lost his grip and the he slipped away, and then the barracuda circled around and grabbed him just in time. This time he bit the tail cleanly off. The Yellowtail was still struggling to swim away. Then the cuda came back, sheared the back half of the yellowtail off and ate it and swam around with the yellowtail's head in it's mouth and finally gulped it down.

On our way back we saw two huge male and female (females have white on their necks) frigates flying really low right over us. I would rather we caught fish, but at least we got to see a lot.

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