MangoandMe

14 December 2012
30 June 2012 | ASCENSION ISLAND
30 June 2012 | ASCENSION ISLAND
04 June 2012
28 May 2012 | St Helena, South Atlantic Ocean
28 May 2012 | St Helena, South Atlantic Ocean
25 May 2012 | Riviera Beach, Florida
23 May 2012 | Riviera Marina, Riviera Beach FL
23 May 2012 | Riviera Beach Marina, Riviera Beach, Florida
19 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
18 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
17 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
16 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
15 May 2012 | En route to Riviera Beach, Florida
14 May 2012 | En route to Florida
13 May 2012 | Destination:Riviera Beach Marina, Riviera Beach, Florida
12 May 2012 | Destination:Florida
11 May 2012 | On the way to the Caribbean

EATING

20 April 2012 | On the way to the Caribbean
david
The day dawned lovely, all around, the horizon a 360 degree circle of mountainous white puffs of cloud reaching skyward into endless blue, a brilliant whiteness, the air like crystal. Squalls far off, letting loose torrents of rain that seemed to float in slow motion, earthward...one could see it all....how magn.....but I had things to do.

Barnacles! "Goosenecks"! they are called, thousands of them, their new homes on the bottom of Shearwater and... I had to get them off. No wonder I had been going so slow! Before diving in, I peered into the magnificent clear depths, perhaps 60 feet down, all the while remembering the on-going account by a boat a few days behind me: 500 lb Marlins swimming under them for days. Scraper in hand I dove and began my destruction of the dwellings. And as the freed barnacles drifted ever so slowly into the depths, the sea came alive. Small little brownish fish barely 2 inches long appeared from nowhere and ate. So there I was, in the middle of the ocean with miles of depths below me, pale and fleshy...I checked my umbilical tether that drifted at various angles similar to the tethers the astronauts use when they leave their ship. Quite suddenly, a school of Parrot fish appeared with their big toothy mouths - they ate. I hurried up a little bit. Translucent jelly fish floated by - were they eating or... who was going to eat them? Then a type of predatory fish, not big, say 2 feet joined us under the boat...what were they going to eat, the Parrot fish? The boat seemed bigger and bigger and the damned barnacles more and more resistent. This was taking far too long. I wish the predatory fish hadnt showed up. Who's next? I peered into the depths...no, I wont say it! I could hear my breathing in the snorkel. Hurry! We need to get out...there's altogether too much eating going on down here! I grabbed the tether, pulled, swam, and scrambled up the ladder...

Do Marlins eat people?


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Vessel Name: Shearwater
Vessel Make/Model: CONSER 47 Racer/Cruiser Catamaran
Hailing Port: West Palm Beach Florida
Crew: MANGO AND ME
About:
Mango is a smart, funny, sensitive and totally unique wheaton/sheepdog. . He is my partner on this patently undoglike voyage but remains cheerful about the whole affair. [...]
Extra: Shearwater is a 47 foot, very sleek and light catamaran. She is part of a fleet of 11 that were built - its a sister ship of Shearwater that holds the unofficial speed record. 31 knots! Of the this fleet, only one has flipped...so we are on the side of good odds!
Shearwater's Photos - Main
Lesley, Kelly, John, Karol and David successfully transit the canal....a few misc shots
27 Photos
Created 13 March 2010
2 Photos
Created 12 June 2009

Who: MANGO AND ME
Port: West Palm Beach Florida