Grand Cayman Tour
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Today was awsome! We docked an hour late and had to tender in so this morning was a little frustrating. And my nose is burned from sitting on a boat for hours.
Our first stop was the Sea Turtle Farm. We learned a lot there. The sea turtles are separated by age. There were pools of newborns. Then a pool each for 1 yr thru 5 yrs. The guide said that this is partically for research purposes. Once they were of breeding age, they were moved to a different area that had a small sandy beach to lay eggs. Also, apparently you can't tell the gender until they are 6 years of age. The males have a longer tail. We were told that some turtles not chosen for breeding are selected for eating. That's part of how they regulate turtle meat (or something). We were able to handle the little ones and take pictures with them.
Next, we stopped at the Rum Cake Factory that was super busy! I wasn't interested in that...so sorry nothing to say about it! Then we stopped in Hell. I was anxious to see this because I had heard so much about it. But...it really doesn't live up to the hype. It's a really cool limestone rock formation that looks out of place. I expected more of an 'attraction' but there was just a little shack in the front to buy souvenirs.
Next was Stingray City which was the coolest thing ever. Although it was a little scary and intimidating at first. They swarm up to the boat as soon as you pull in. They have been conditioned to associate these boats with food. (I'm not sure if that's a good thing, ecologically speaking, but at least they are friendly!!) These are not the same kind of sting rays that impaled Steve Irwin, so don't worry.
While driving around the island, our tour bus driver showed some of the sights. Such as the Govener's House and the oldest house on the island, one of the only ones to withstand years of weather. This house was made out of 'iron'wood which is endangered. The bus driver later called our last guide to give my friend his phone number!!