Feb 24, 2007
Location: Rousseau, Dominica
Today was another exciting day in Dominica exploring the island with. They day began with a drive up the leeward side of the island to Portsmouth, where we rowed up the Indian River with our local guides. During this we took salinity and temperature measurements at different depths, and will be analyzing and graphing our data in a later science class and then determine what category of estuary the river was exemplifying. It was a great opportunity for some real hands-on science and in a very picturesque environment. We kept our eyes out and saw some mullet, crabs and egrets in the mangroves. We then headed over to the windward side, stopping on route for guavas, coconuts and seeds for making necklaces. We enjoyed a tasty lunch of fresh baked bread sandwiches, coconuts and almonds fresh from the trees. After lunch we headed over to the Carib Indian settlement, the only remaining original settlers. Here we stopped for some delicious cassava bread, gift shopping at the local craft stalls and some more fruit, such as sweet sop and custard apple, so many new tastes to experience. We stopped by one of Sea Cats friend’s house for some fresh cocoa, coconut water, herbal teas, and more local herbs and spices. Driving back along the windward coast we stopped at a banana plantation and a citrus farm – loading up with yet more fresh local fruits. Dominica is the smallest country in the world that has two species of parrots, the Sissoru and the Jaco. We were lucky enough to spot two jaco parrots, with the help of Sea Cats extremely keen eye. The day ended nicely with a splash in Emerald Falls, an icy cold fresh water waterfall in the Trois Piton National Park. We got back late to Ocean Star, all exhausted, feeling full and healthy from the many fruits and local foods fresh from Dominica – the green jewel of the Caribbean. We are finishing off the day with a Blue Planet DVD on coral reefs, reminding us of the great adventures in store for us underwater tomorrow. Ocean Star is loaded with red, yellow and green bananas, oranges, grapefruits and pineapples. So no scurvy on our vessel!