On Saturday we went along to the local Lionfish tournament where we got to sample freshly caught Lionfish, listen to a local band and join the festivities. The Groundswell Lionfish Tournament was all about raising awareness for the Lionfish which is a predator and causes damage to Bermuda’s coral reef. The motto “Eat em to beat em” encourages locals to get out and catch the fish and then eat them!? Sounds simple to me.
Around 150 people registered for the one day culling event and went out to Bermuda’s reefs armed with spears then reported back in the afternoon with their catch for weigh in – there was a contest for biggest, smallest etc. I must admit these are not the most attractive fish and have sharp spikes that can hurt you.
It was awesome to see so many people behind this initiative to reduce the population of Lionfish so the rest of the fishies get a good chance to survive on the reefs.
And before you ask, no I did not partake in the spear fishing. One had to free dive quite deep from a boat and I just didn’t have the right gear for this. Perhaps next year I will opt to try the “beat em” part and not just the “eat em” part. Though the latter was very good.
Another randomly named, but protected fish, is the Parrotfish and yesterday we saw loads of these snorkelling at Chaplin Bay. They were super close to the shore and were riding the waves, was amazing to watch from the beach too.
Being such an isolated island, they say that you get “island fever” living in Bermuda. This is an urge to get “off island” when you start to feel trapped. I haven’t felt this anxiety to escape yet, however we are off to New York next week for 5 days so I can’t wait for that. Though there seems to be no shortage of things to do in Bermuda, in fact there’s even an annual fashion festival here that I went along to last week. The Bermuda Fashion Festival International Designer runway show was lots of fun – a diverse mix of designer collections which far exceeded my expectations (and I got a great goodie bag – very important).
Speaking of fashion, here in Bermuda the dress code is probably more formal that other similar island destinations. There is a real sense of old world manners and this carries through to how people dress. e.g. it is not appropriate or acceptable to be anywhere other than the beach (or pool) in your bikini. If you’re seen riding through town on your scooter with no top on, you’ll be seriously frowned upon (and a police officer may even stop you and ask you to put more clothes on). But I love the sense of adventure of the locals with their fashion – so many bright colours and gorgeous dresses, I love that everyone seems to make an effort. Bermuda shorts are another thing. These are a real tradition amongst men and this even stretches to the summer dress code for a lot of office workers – with the addition on knee high socks!! Oh my gosh, how hot must they be!? The guys wear bright coloured ‘Bermuda’ shorts with knee high socks with a shirt and tie and sometimes a blazer – kinda crazy but also a cool tradition.
It has been a hot hot hot week. If you read my post about the herbs I planted I can report back that basil enjoys temps around 30 degrees and high humidity. Coriander not so much 😦 So, with plentiful supply of basil after just one week, I made spaghetti with basil chicken pesto for dinner last night – yummo.
Kiwi in Bermuda