Stingray City on Grand Cayman

Stingray City is a place in the sea where the stingrays gather to greet you…  for lunch!  No, you’re not the one that’s on the menu, these Southern Stingrays aren’t all Hannibal Lecter like that!  Unlike the Tampa Bay Rays, these rays are mostly harmless; however, they do still have a barb on their tail that one needs to be cognizant of when handling these seemingly docile creatures.  Where is this Stingray City where you can swim with and handle so many Southern Stingrays?  -In the North Sound of Grand Cayman island of course.  Everybody and their brother that’s ever been to the Cayman Islands or on any cruise to Grand Cayman, knows about this fun excursion to pet the rays, now you do too…

Next time you see the port of Georgetown, Grand Cayman on your cruise itinerary or you’re on the island for any other reason and want to get up and close with some puppy like sea life, ask a dive operator to take you over to Stingray City and enjoy!  The rays are cute, kind of, at least the front part of them is, not the sharp barb thingy at the base of their tail though.  I’ve heard some stories from Jamaican fishermen that have been stung in the foot by a ray and it’s supposedly no joke!  Lots of pain and irritation involved.  Make sure to do that ‘Stingray Shuffle‘ whenever you’re walking on the bottom of the sea and make sure to check out some of the following videos that were shot with a very inexpensive GoPro that I ordered on Black Friday on Amazon for $89 USD.  ScubaDo’s brand new SeaLife Micro 2.0 that he got for Christmas, puked out on a dive just prior to this one.  -More on that POS later.

The dive operator that we chose to take us on this fantastic one tank dive was DiveTech.  They are our current favorite dive operator on the island.  DiveTech offers all Scubapro rental gear and the staff are all friendly consummate professionals.  An extra big thanks to Marie, Menno, Steve T., Tony, Drew, Glen and Jo!

-saltydog@sd

 

Cayman Islands are calling to us! What do they have to say for themselves???

Do you like the feel when in the Cayman Islands?  I do.  I also like the jerk chicken and the super clear warm water and soft sand the islands there have to offer.  Maybe I’ll gather up my lovely family and head south to the beautiful Caymans soon and escape the shitty Michigan cold?  Yes, I think I will do that.  Close your eyes and day dream with me a bit…  can you smell the salty Caribbean Sea air as we sit at Calico Jack’s and order up half of the menu?  I’m having the jerk chicken, fries, EXTRA EXTRA sauce pretty please.  If the napkins taste as good as the fries and chicken there, I’ll also use those dry white starchy paper wafers as vehicles for that badass Jamaican jerk sauce goodness!  If the meal doesn’t arrive quickly, I may just try out that napkin flavor fer certain.  But, from thorough training and experience, I’ve learned to not rush things when in the Caribbean or while on vacation for that matter.  It’s just not right to be in a hurry while on holiday and we should all remember that it’s not polite to be pushy either.  Sometimes I forgot that you catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar and I can get a little in a tizzy when it comes to wanting to get food in front of me fast.  So, therefore one can deduce, that it’s good training for me to go on vacation frequently in order to keep my manners tuned up and to remind myself that patience is indeed a virtue and to not be a rush-round asshole.  So, I will wait quietly for my jerk chicken, fries and EXTRA EXTRA sauce to arrive at the table in front of me.  Though if there isn’t any Caybrew beer there to help me in this training endeavor, all bets are off the table!  C’mon Cayman Islands!  Can’t wait to get back to ya again.

 

Scientific Weather Reading:

Current weather in Michigan is…  Shitty cold and snow on the ground with a good chance of the same tomorrow.

Current weather in Georgetown, Grand Cayman is…  Let’s find out and let’s do some scuba diving with the family while we’re at it!

I’ll be sure to report back.

-saltydog

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cJODNxx9Ww

 

 

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