Cayo Largo, Cuba

Dec 14, 2017 - Harmony V

We have a great deal to be grateful for today. All of us had an enjoyable day, floating upon these crystal blue waters with more modern comforts than billions of folks will ever experience. We had 3 delicious meals, and each was a feast prepared by our Greek galley. We’re all in good health and good spirits.

We woke on the southwest end of Cayo Largo in the Cannareos archipelago below Cuba. The skies have been clear, the temperature ideal, and just enough breeze to keep the sun on our backs a welcome warmth. We took a local boat to the marina, and began our “people-to-people” visit to the local health clinic. We all understood that because it caters to tourists, the clinic is probably a bit nicer than that experienced by most Cubans. The leather benches in the waiting room are probably atypical, but reassuring nonetheless. We followed with a visit to a sea turtle breeding center. Here a few men are employed to collect eggs from nearby beaches and safeguard them until hatching. Sea turtles are in dire times around the world because of a multitude of man-inflicted misfortunes, so they need all the help they can get. It is common in Latin America to eat sea turtles or their eggs, but here in one small part of the world, they find shelter from the storm.

We then split into two groups, some exploring one of Cuba’s most famous beaches, and the others slipping into the ocean to see her underwater riches. Many corals and fishes impressed us for about 45 minutes until we decided to head back for lunch. National Geographic expert Fabio Amador shared a presentation about The Art of Communicating Science. Now, under a clear sky filled with a billion shining lights, we go east.

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Jeff Litton

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Jeff is an environmental filmmaker and adventure cinematographer. His passion for adventure has led him through rural Kenyan villages, atop erupting Guatemalan volcanoes and to the enchanted Galápagos Islands to film Hammerhead Sharks. Being an expedition filmmaker enables Jeff to combine his love for capturing beauty with his drive to protect the environment. In the words of Jacques Cousteau, “people protect what they love.” Inspired, Jeff created, the United Global Environmental News Agency, an online resource to inspire people to care about the environment.

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