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Alife event, an Avatar experience.
Bioluminescence in the Bon
Accord Lagoon, Tobago. An astral
journey, floating among stars.
I can't describe the beauty of thou-
sands of fish darting through the
water like glow-sticks attached to
firework rockets; the trail of light
behind my paddleboard; the paddle
like a magic light wand through water.
I'd joined Tobagonian brothers
Duane and Brett Kenny's nighttime
stand-up paddleboard tour of the
lagoon. A paddleboard looks like a big
surfboard. Standing on it, you propel
yourself forward using a long paddle.
Balance is tricky at first, but after half
an hour of practice you'll get the hang
Bioluminescence is an organism's
ability to produce light through a
chemical reaction. On land, think fire-
flies. Most bioluminescent organisms,
however, live in the ocean; species of
squid, shrimp and jellyfish are just a
few of the animals that create chemi-
cal light. Some use it for camouflage.
If glowing brightly seems a strange
way to hide, imagine the dark world
in the deep ocean where little light
It's hard to see what's in the dark-
ness below, but easy to see what's sil-
houetted against the light from above.
Switch on your chemical light, which
matches the colour of penetrating
sunlight, and you become invisible
from below. Some fish use lumines-
cence to attract prey. A species of
deep-sea anglerfish, which is half
toothy jaw and, I guarantee, will scare
the bejeevers out of you if you ever
saw it in a dream, collects glowing
bacteria in a sack, which it waves
above its mouth. Its prey, undoubtedly
thinking: "Ooooo, look, pretty light!"
unsuspectingly, but presumably happi-
ly, swims towards it. Death comes
quicker than it can say, "snap"
if you've got to go, happy and quick
would be the way.
The fascinatingly named cookie-
cutter shark has one unlit patch on its
underside, which looks like a small,
tasty fish to larger predators. It allows
them to sneak up on it, and then uses
surprise to turn the table; the hunter
becomes the hunted. The cookie-cut-
ter takes a perfect 360 degree-round
bite out of its ambushed prey.
But I digress. These deep-sea crea-
tures don't live in the shallow waters
of the Bon Accord Lagoon. You find
bioluminescent phytoplankton every-
where. I've seen it in the middle of
the Atlantic Ocean, along the tidal
zone of the North Sea, and at Las
Cuevas beach. I've never seen it as
abundant as in Bon Accord. A type of
phytoplankton called dinoflagellates
causes the bioluminescence here.
Movement activates its chemical light.
It's most plentiful in water hugging
the red mangrove, which borders the
bay. The reason may be vitamin B12,
released with tannins from the man-
Only a few bays around the
Caribbean reliably have high concen-
trations of bioluminescence; all these
bioluminescent bays have one thing in
common: red mangrove. Protect the
mangrove. We reached an area Brett
and Duane call "Fish Heaven." Brett
gave us the command: "Jump." We
did a synchronised jump on our pad-
dleboards. Thousands of startled fish
shot in all directions, like laser sabres.
A sad thought crossed my mind. The
invasive lionfish, a super-predator
from the Pacific, introduced to the
Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea by
humans, is now established in Tobago.
Some researchers claim that lionfish
can wipe out 80-90 per cent of
Caribbean reef fish. In particular, they
like bite-sized juveniles. The man-
groves are the nurseries of the ocean.
What's going to happen when the
lionfish establish themselves in the
lagoon? Brett told me: "Don't worry,
man. We'll hunt them out."
Hunting lionfish is the only way we
know to control their numbers, but to
do so we need an effective, organised
Bon Accord Lagoon is part of the
Buccoo Reef/Bon Accord Complex. It
contains mangrove; seagrass beds-
important for our endangered green
sea turtle---and coral reefs. Walking on
the reef destroyed it a long time ago,
despite the reef being declared a
marine park in 1973.
Do your part by refusing to use
glass-bottom-boat operators who
hand out plastic shoes. If they have
plastic shoes, it means they plan to
take you to the shallow part of the
reef. Shore-based pollutant discharge
takes its toll.
Lobbying is under way for two new
marinas in Tobago. Bon Accord
Lagoon has been named as a potential
site, despite its environmental sensi-
There's no reason to seek out an
untouched location. Why not use
Scarborough bay? One of the
Caribbean's fanciest marinas, Port
Louis in Grenada, is in the middle of
an urban area. It receives billionaires'
No need to put marinas in "pristine
bays." Once you build a marina, it
ceases to be "pristine."
AN AVATAR EXPERIENCE
IN BON ACCORD LAGOON
Extravagance not the
way of Mandela
Like ma y her I w d
ike fir ack w edge he
c rib i f he a e f rmer
Pre ide f S h Africa, Mr
Ne Ma de a.
The w r d i i deed a be er
ace beca e f hi er a
acrifice. S re y he m be we -
c med by a h f a ge i
e er a aradi e.
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by Prime Mi i er Kam a Per-
ad-Bi e ar a e d he f -
era f hi w r d eader, i
w d be remi f me
e i her ch ice f char er-
i g a Caribbea Air i e B ei g
7 7, a e d ch.
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i i d ry. Thi aircraf h d
be wee 25 3 a e -
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craf fr m i era i f r a
f r r fi e-day eri d d ri g
hi eak ea , i im e
ma er. The c i c rred w d
am mi i f d ar .
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r a i a y di r i a d i -
abi i y er ice heir r e
w d mea ayi g f r a er a-
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he U i ed Ki gd m r e e-
where. The c f acc mm -
da i g a crew f 12 c ck i a d
cabi crew a ay er i
S h Africa r E r e i ex r-
bi a , me i a he
her ha d i g fee i ed
a d he a r mica f e c .
W d i ha e bee far
m re r de f r Prime Mi i -
er Per ad-Bi e ar a d her
e rage ra e he UK
wi h Caribbea Air i e , r
Bri i h Airway r Virgi Air-
i e a d he c ec , r if
ece ary char er a ma er air-
craf fr m a c er ca i
Thi w d ha e am ed
mi i f a ed ax d ar .
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im e ma wh a way gh
e re he i e f he e e
he er ed were im r ed, be-
ca e f hi e f e e . I i
my i cere h e r Prime Mi -
i er w d rec ider hi ex-
e i e a d ece ary
ex ra aga ce, i mem ry f he
way Mr Ma de a i ed.
I Y r Wri e
Mandela Day is not a public holiday
Ma de a Day h d be ce ebra ed a d rec g i ed
hr gh he w r d a ar ic ar day. If ha d e
ha e , he we h d c i cide ha day wi h r
Ema ci a i ce ebra i , which ca y e e a e he
rec g i i f he r gg e f r freed m.
Why d we wai i he a i g f me e wh made a
grea c rib i h ma i y h r hem I ' i be er
d whi e ha er i a i e N w ha here i
w r dwide ri g f e a d h r f r Ne Ma de a,
e ery e wa j m he ba dwag f r a free ride.
Ma de a' eachi g h d ha e bee ada ed decade ag ,
which w d ha e re e ed a he e riba "war ", ha red,
raci m, di re ec f r e a her, a d ad era ed
c rr i aki g ace i hi a i .
MARC DE VERTEUIL
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