Natural History

  • Anemone of the People June 29, 2010 Multi-hued sea anemones turn the coral reef into an underwater garden. By Suzanne Gerber Photos By Barbara Shiveley No, you’re not confused: There are anemones in your garden, and there are sea anemones in the ocean. In fact, the ornately colored sea anemone (uh-NEM-uh-nee) is so called because of the striking resemblance it bears to its colorful terrestrial ... Read more about this post
  • From Honey to Ashes April 23, 2010 The late Claude Lévi-Strauss dispeled the notion of “us” and “them”. By Bill Keegan and Betsy Carlson The late Claude Lévi-Strauss dispeled the notion of “us” and “them”. By Bill Keegan and Betsy Carlson I have sought a human society reduced to its most basic expression.  Claude Levi-Strauss, Triste Tropiques, 1955 Keegan was a teaching assistant for “Introduction to ... Read more about this post
  • Hey Angelface! April 23, 2010 The large, colorful, sociable Angelfish is on the “A” list in fish popularity. Story By Suzanne Gerber ~ Photos & Captions By Barbara Shiveley The large, colorful, sociable Angelfish is on the “A” list in fish popularity. Story By Suzanne Gerber ~ Photos & Captions By Barbara Shiveley When your dive or snorkeling buddy draws an imaginary ring over ... Read more about this post
  • Flushing Out the Facts February 11, 2010 The story of Columbus and the tortoise bone toilet seat. By Bill Keegan and Betsy Carlson Mr. Christopher Columbus Sailed the sea without a compass Well, when his men began a rumpus Up spoke Christopher Columbus He said, “There is land somewhere So until we get there we will not go wrong If we sing a swing song Since the world is round, we’ll ... Read more about this post
  • The Fourth Deadly Sin February 11, 2010 This emblematic mammal did not survive to Taíno times. By Bill Keegan and Betsy Carlson The sloth is the stupidest animal that can be found in the world, and is so awkward and slow in movement that it would require a whole day to go fifty paces.1 Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés, 1526 This is not the preface ... Read more about this post
  • Thinking Like an Ocean February 11, 2010 Developing a sea ethic. By Richard Plate and Marta Calosso ~ Photos By Marta Calosso In 2008 we wrote an article for Times of the Island providing an introduction to Aldo Leopold’s land ethic. Briefly, Leopold suggested that humans increase their sense of ethics to include “soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land.” The article ... Read more about this post
  • Off the Beaten Path June 1, 2009 Adventures in the TCI’s Salt Islands. Story & Photos By Ramona Settle Admit it. You arrive on Providenciales, get one breathtaking glimpse of Grace Bay Beach, and feel like you’ll stay put. You think it can’t get better than this. Other than an excursion to one of the cays, you won’t venture far.  I can tell you ... Read more about this post
  • You Can’t Get There From Here June 1, 2009 Whether Indian or archaeologist, transportation can be a challenge. By Bill Keegan and Betsy Carlson If there be any earthly Paradyse in the worlde, it can not be farre from these regions of the south, where the heaven is so beneficiall and the elements so temperate that they are neither bitten with the coulde in winter, nor ... Read more about this post
  • Something’s Fishy June 1, 2009 Marine creatures may or may not have a sense of humor, but sometimes they’re downright funny! Story by Suzanne Gerber ~ Photos and Captions by Barbara Shively Make no mistake: Scuba diving is serious business. To get certified, you have to study a fair bit of science, including the physics of gases, and be able to calculate ... Read more about this post
  • School is in Session March 25, 2009 The whys and hows of a fish’s favorite group activity. Story by Suzanne Gerber ~ Photos and Captions by Barbara Shively “United we swim, divided we fall prey” might be how a fish would paraphrase the well-known American sentiment (which was not, for the record, originally uttered by the 16th president, though it was he who most ... Read more about this post
  • Talking Taino: When Conch Was Queen March 25, 2009 This tasty gastropod has been a part of TCI life since Taino times. By Bill Keegan and Betsy Carlson Anacacuya was the brother-in-law of Guahayona, And he went with him, setting upon the sea. Guahayona said to Anacacuya when they were in the canoe: “Look at the beautiful cobo that is in the water.” And when Anacacuya looked down ... Read more about this post
  • Blessed are the Beadmakers January 1, 2009 lottery numbers Grand Turk was the site of a prehistoric bead-making workshop. Story & Photos By Bill Keegan and Betsy Carlson One of the long-forgotten beatitudes reads: “Blessed are the Beadmakers, for they shall inherit Grand Turk.” Ok, we invented this supposedly Biblical reference, but the point is that Caribbean archaeology is going through a major episode of ... Read more about this post
  • Totally Tubular January 1, 2009 pennsylvania lottery Some marine worms live their entire lives inside a cylinder of their own making. Story by Suzanne Gerber ~ Photos and Captions by Barbara Shively Even if the word “worm” gives you the heebie jeebies as you conjure grade-school boys dangling them in front of your face on the playground, you’re going to love the elegant ... Read more about this post
  • Talking Taino: The Book September 1, 2008 florida lottery By Bill Keegan & Betsy Carlson It seems like yesterday, but five years have now passed since we began writing our column called “Talking Taíno” for Times of the Islands. Our goal has been to use the words of the original inhabitants of the Caribbean, known as Taínos when Europeans arrived, to highlight Caribbean natural ... Read more about this post
  • Salt June 1, 2008 An essay on the most valuable commodity in human history. By Bill Keegan and Betsy Carlson “Guinea John . . . made his way to the East Coast, mounted the cliff at Manzanilla , put two corn cobs under his armpits and flew away to Africa, taking with him the mysteries of levitation and flight . . . He ... Read more about this post

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Hobbyist photographer and Assistant Director for Research & Development at the TCI Department of Environment & Coastal Resources Dr. Eric F. Salamanca took this rare photo of a Bahama Woodstar hummingbird enjoying the nectar of Moringa flowers.

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