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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Alacranes Reef


Alacranes Reef Trip - Robbie Gomez
Music - TamacĂșn by Rodrigo Y Gabriela

My friend Ned is down in Mexico, off the coast of Yucatan. They're running the Bolder Won out to Alacranes Reef for fly fishermen and scuba divers.

Alacranes Reef, also known as Scorpion Reef
The reef is a protected area, so designated in 1971 by a convention in Ramsar, Iran. (Iran? That hotbed of mad muslim bombers? Well, 1971 was before the revolution.)
    Up until now I thought the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico were synonymous. They aren't. The Yucatan Peninsula and Cuba separate the two. The Caribbean Sea is to the south and east and the Gulf of Mexico is to the north and west.
    There are several other places of interest that could be marked on this map, like the Dry Tortugas, which are about as far west of Key West as Alacranes Reef is north of the Mexican coast. Then there is Treasure Island, site of the pig farm (it's the pinky-nail sized island south by southwest of Havana with the city of Nueva Gerona).

1 comment:

Ole Phat Stu said...

There is also a part of Germany there!
Fidel Castro donated a small uninhabited island to East Germany back in its communist days. After German unification, we inherited it. Plays merry hell with geography classes when I give them the "simple" question "Where is the middle of Germany?" ;-)