Sandy: We had to take tenders from the cruise ship to a small island where the dive shop operates. From there it was another 15 minute boat ride to Midpoint reef. Belize lives up to its reputation as a having beautiful marine life. Lionfish have invaded the Caribbean. It has become legal to hunt them. Authorities are trying to train eels and sharks to eat lionfish because they have no ill-effects from its venomous spines. What is frightening is that lionfish live from five to fifteen years. When mating, females release egg clusters which can contain as many as fifteen thousand eggs. Our dive master brought a spearfishing rod. He fed one of the lionfish to a huge green moire eel. The eel’s head was about the size of my thigh. We had lionfish ceviche in between our first and second dive. I should have been more cautious since I have heard that sushi chefs have died from the venom when handling lionfish. I’m living to tell it, though, so I guess our dive master knew what he was doing.
Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.