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It's conch season, and everyone is helping. ...

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Question: why do all the conch shells on the island have holes?
Answer: when fishers harvest conch they first have to detach the animal from the shell. They do this by smashing a hole in the shell with a knife, where they can then cut the animal loose.
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Question: what do you do during the slow season, with no visiting students?
Answer: it sure is nice to relax a little, but we have lots to keep us busy. We maintain and repair the station and it's equipment, complete our year-end accounts, and take bookings for next year. So far the weather has been cooperative: no hurricanes on the horizon, and even quite dry. We had a great expedition to the Guatemalan an Belizean Mayan ruins on a mini vacation, and highly recommend you do the same if you get a chance. The Mayans had some very advanced views on marine science and technology!
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The sunsets never fail to amaze. Today is the quietest this island has been this year, with only 8 residents. Look out Wednesday when conch season opens! ...

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Question: weh dis?
Answer: although this net catch in Belize City freaked out many in the community, the shortnosed batfish (Ogcocephalus nasutus) is quite common in Belize. we have a resident population at Tobacco Caye. (2 photos)
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