Natural History

  • Nature’s Fireworks! January 5, 2017 Lightning facts and photos. By Paul Kubecka ~ Photos By Michael Bishop Most of the photos you see in Times of the Islands depict sunny skies and cottony clouds floating over gem-colored seas and ivory beaches. But even paradise is not always perfect, especially during the summer and early fall months when atmospheric conditions are favorable to ... Read more about this post
  • The End of the Chain July 3, 2015 Great Sand Cay beckons this explorer. Story & Photos By John Galleymore My exploration and adventure-seeking expeditions have taken me to just about every land mass in the Turks & Caicos Islands, and I am often asked, “What’s the furthest you’ve ever been?” In miles covered, that would be my recent South Caicos to Providenciales walk, but ... Read more about this post
  • Help Wanted: Sharks December 15, 2014 Conservation for the future of sharks in danger. By Tina Randall, BSc. Environmental Biology & Jackie Walker, Masters Conservation Biology, BSc. Marine Biology He surfaces from the deep, his black shadow resembling a creature in the night. His fin skims the surface. The lifeguard blows his whistle and with that everybody is out of the water: SHARK! ... Read more about this post
  • Until We Meet Again September 18, 2014 A fond farewell to “Treasures of the Sea.” By Suzanne Gerber ~ Photos By Barbara Shively Some things you just never get tired of, no matter how many times you’ve been there or done them. Spending time topside and especially, underwater, in the Turks & Caicos Islands are tops on Barbara Shively’s and my list. For the past ... Read more about this post
  • Weaponry and Revenge! June 26, 2014 TCI’s wasps fight back. Story & Photos By B Naqqi Manco, TCI Naturalist There is no sound quite the same as the scream emitted from someone stung by a wasp. Little else can induce a person to toss all pretenses of decorum in favor of flailing arms and hooting wails. Wasp-affected screams are often followed by uncharacteristic ... Read more about this post
  • Color My World January 19, 2013 Understanding what happens to light underwater brings new appreciation. By Suzanne Gerber ~ Photography and Photo Captions By Barbara Shively If you’re lucky enough to be around any of the Turks & Caicos’ legendary coral reefs on a sunny day and peer down into crystal-clear turquoise waters, you might think you’ve stumbled upon the world’s largest natural ... Read more about this post
  • Grouper Groupies June 26, 2012 Why we love the Caribbean’s famous native fish. By Suzanne Gerber ~ Photos By Barbara Shively Granted, the grouper is not most creatively named fish in the world. The origin of this well-known and friendly type of sea bass comes from the Portuguese word for, of all things, fish (garoupa). But before you write that off as ... Read more about this post
  • The People Who Discovered Columbus Version 2.0 March 2, 2012 By Dr. Peter T. Sinelli and Dr. William Keegan “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” — Albert Einstein In our last contribution to Times of the Islands, we described the “conventional wisdom” concerning the colonization of the Caribbean Islands—namely, that the Island Arawaks efficiently island-hopped their ... Read more about this post
  • How Clean Thou Art January 14, 2012 If cleanliness is next to godliness, then fish must be downright saintly. By Suzanne Gerber ~ Photos and Captions By Barbara Shively Doesn’t living 24/7 in the ocean keep fish clean, you ask? Not exactly. While they don’t need to hit the showers like we do after two sets of tennis, they still need to have their ... Read more about this post
  • The People Who Discovered Columbus Version 1.0 October 19, 2011 By Dr. Peter Sinelli and Dr. William Keegan ~ Original Artwork by Theodore Morris For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong. H. L. Mencken During our travels virtually everyone we meet has heard of the Arawaks and the Caribs. James Michener’s hugely popular novel established these as the Caribbean’s native peoples ... Read more about this post
  • Crunch ‘n’ Munch June 6, 2011 Besides transforming their appearance, parrotfish turn reef into sandy beach. By Suzanne Gerber ~ Photos & Captions By Barbara Shively It doesn’t matter whether you call them perroquetfeu, loro colorado, Budião-Vermelh, sparysoma szmaragdowa, or parrotfish, these beautiful creatures are among the most beloved in the underwater menagerie. Nor does it matter whether you speak French, Spanish, ... Read more about this post
  • Treasures on the Salina March 22, 2011 Investigating one of the Caribbean’s most important archaeological sites. Story & Photos By Joost Morsink One of the most unique and important archaeological sites in the Caribbean is located on the south shore of Middle Caicos. Various archaeologists have worked at the site since 1912, continuously trying to answer new questions with new techniques. In May and ... Read more about this post
  • They Only Come Out at Night January 12, 2011 When the sun sets on the coral reef, a different cast of characters comes out to play. By Suzanne Gerber ~ Photos & Captions By Barbara Shively Like the denizens of Lady Gaga’s demi-monde, the creatures who come out at night on the coral reef are a psychedelic parade of colors, shapes and textures. A nighttime visit ... Read more about this post
  • Big-eyed Red Fish October 19, 2010 Learn more about squirrelfish, soldierfish and cardinalfish Story By Suzanne Gerber ~ Photos By Barbara Shively I would have liked the job of being the person to give fish their names. Yet I doubt I could have come up with such a terrific roster of appellations, ranging from the playful (clownfish) to inspiring (stargazer) to humorous (oldwife) ... Read more about this post
  • Amazing Maize June 29, 2010 Middle Caicos grits have a long and distinquished ancestry. By Bill Keegan In Hispaniola both Indians and Spaniards have two kinds of bread. One sort is made of maíz, which is a grain, and the other of cassava. Maize is grain that is borne on an ear about six to eight inches long. This ear or spike is covered with ... Read more about this post

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