22 Juil 2016, 5:56
Amérique/America Aventures /Adventures

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Snorkeling tempt you?

Key Biscayne

Key Biscayne, Florida

When my children knew that I was going to live in Florida they offered me equipment for snorkeling. I had never done so and I was thrilled that I could be involved in this activity given the Keys’ reputation for its corals.

Then on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, I, very feverish, tried the experiment. I walk in the water with curiosity and enthusiasm. Beautiful benches of blue fish, tiny yellows, tiny that follow me. I continue, the adventure is beautiful. The snorkel is a fascinating activity where you forget the outside world and you are guided by the beautiful fish The sun rays filter through the water letting us glimpse the tall grasses that attract multicolored fish. Suddenly there is an astonishing effervescence. A fish of about six feet, rather slender but massive, advances. The teeth are prominent. It weighs about 80 pounds (this is the template of one of my old aunts). I am not a fisherman but in the eye it does not look like a trout. He’s lonely and let’s say he has a dirty mouth. Suddenly I have a doubt. I did not think I could beat that fast. The equipment of false siren of the seas has its utility! Then I realized that the beach was much further away than I had anticipated. I do not have hyper ventilated but let’s say I found it hard to catch my breath. The beating heart I came out of the water quite dazed. I probably had a face to face with a barracuda. The fish you do not dream of seeing during his first snorkeling experience, finally not me.

And if the Barracuda were not so dangerous even if they have canines that can cut their victims to pieces? They have a pointy nose and apparent teeth and are cold-blooded predators like all fish. They are not always lonely and can stand in benches with a few thousand buddies. They are not concerned with their offspring, which reaches adulthood at two years. It is however impossible to know the sex of these fish that live about 14 years. They are good prey for fishing enthusiasts but are not edible. For this species equipped with a spine, it is easy for them to find prey in the corals thanks to an elongated silhouette which gives them a great flexibility. The look of predators sticks to their scales for 50 million years.

Now I know that barracuda only very seldom attacks humans unless provoked and this fact has been confirmed by some Crandon Park specialists who have never heard of an attack.

A little advice however: the jewelry is to proscribe since they attract the barracudas that are curious … Anyway this coquetry is useless given the little sex appeal that give us the mask, snorkel and palms!

26 Mar 2010, 2:31
Afrique/Africa Tendances /Trends

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Great places to visit in Africa



  The land of beauty, nature and natural wonder, Africa is a continent where travelers from different parts of the world can experience its beauty, the people, the local culture and the magnificent wildlife. Africa is also the place that offers plenty of honeymoon experiences. Here is our pick of the top three places for newlyweds in Africa:Quirimbas Archipelago

The Quirimbas Archipelago located off the coast of Mozambique is for the honeymooners who prefer to enjoy the beach. The beautiful weather, the heavenly beaches and the privacy sets the mood for the newlyweds. The luxury lodges and bungalows serve mouthwatering Mozambique cuisines. There are various recreational activities where the honeymooners can take part like snorkeling, diving and swimming.

The unforgettable safari

An African Safari is the ultimate way to enjoy the wildlife, natural vegetation and the countryside of Africa. It is the best way to see the endangered animals in their natural habitat. For honeymooners interested in gorillas, monkeys and chimpanzees, a safari in the Kibale Forest National Park located in Uganda would be the best experience.

Home to 12 primate species, Kibale Forest National Park provides a perfect trip for honeymooners who can watch monkeys eat, play as well as swim. Botswana is another wonderful place for the newlyweds to explore the Okavango Delta which is the largest inland delta in the world. Home to a number of animals including elephants, cheetahs, lions and baboons Okavango Delta also has small resort lodges from which the honeymooners can enjoy the wildlife.

The Garden Route

For honeymooners craving for adventure, excitement and more should stop at the Garden Route. Located along the southeast coast of South Africa, honeymooners come to Garden Route for the nature preserves, luxury villas and sandy beaches. Newlyweds can also go for river rafting, bungee jumping from the Bloukrans Bridge, sky-diving and shark cage diving.

Bloukrans bridge jump, South Africa

Bloukrans bridge jump, South Africa