Resort Report

  • The Battle Begins March 19, 2020 Treatment program to fight Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease underway. By the Staff of the Turks & Caicos Reef Fund (TCRF) Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease (SCTLD) is a new coral disease that was first discovered off the coast of Florida in 2014. Over the past five years it has spread rapidly up and down the Atlantic ... Read more about this post
  • The Elusive Octopus March 19, 2020 Octopus spotting in the TCI. By Dr. Caitlin E. O’Brien, The School for Field Studies Center for Marine Resource Studies Caribbean waters are home to several species of octopus, which are some of the most extraordinary creatures of the ocean. Octopuses (not octopi) can be more difficult to spot than many other marine creatures, but the experience of ... Read more about this post
  • Armadillos of the Sea March 19, 2020 Chitons possess a range of amazing qualities. By Brian Heagney, B.Sc Marine Biology ~ Photos By Marta Morton, www.harbourclubvillas.com   Tucked away in intertidal rock pools on the southwest point of Gibbs Cay in the Turks Islands, there are clusters of tiny dinosaurs called chitons. These ancient mariners are easily overlooked by the untrained eye, but they do ... Read more about this post
  • Nature’s Ephemeral Vortex March 18, 2020 The spin on waterspouts. By Paul Wilkerson ~ Photos By Marta Morton, www.harbourclubvillas.com Waterspouts have been occurring for as long as memories have been recorded. On August 19, 1896 a waterspout developed over Vineyard Sound near Cottage City, Massachusetts. While at the time, it was rare for these to be seen from land, especially in the Northeast, ... Read more about this post
  • A Remarkable Journey March 18, 2020 The life and times of Gustarvus O’Neil Lightbourne. By Carlton Mills, Willette Swann & Tanya Parnell ~ Photos Courtesy Tanya Parnell & Bengt Soderqvist Early life Gustarvus Lightbourne (affectionately called Gus) was born on January 27, 1921 to Mr. and Mrs. Emmanuel Lightbourne of Blue Hills, Providenciales. He attended the Blue Hills School in High Rock and was ... Read more about this post
  • Keeping an Eye on the Future January 21, 2020 Local students participate in coral reef monitoring program. Story & Photos By Karen R. Cangialosi, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, Keene State College For the past four years, I have had the pleasure of tapping into what I consider the Turks & Caicos Islands’ most precious resource: the enthusiasm and imagination of its youth. Since 2008, my colleague ... Read more about this post
  • TCI in WWII December 4, 2019 Survivors of U-Boats: Vineland in 1942, Part II By Captain Eric Wiberg In the Fall 2019 issue of Astrolabe, the author detailed the sinking of the Canadian dry-bulk ship Vineland, on April 20, 1942 by the German submarine U-154 while it was roughly 90 miles north of North Caicos. The survivors voyaged in three lifeboats until they ... Read more about this post
  • Going Under December 4, 2019 Searching lost wrecks on Salt Cay. Story & Photos By Dr. Joost Morsink and Dr. Ruud Stelten South of Grand Turk, a small and sleepy island rests in the Atlantic Ocean: Salt Cay. With approximately 90 inhabitants on 2.6 square miles, this is the least populated of the main inhabited islands in the Turks & Caicos Islands. ... Read more about this post
  • Birds & Binoculars December 3, 2019 You can’t enjoy one without the other. By William J. Cook ~ Photos By Marta Morton Few places in the world offer the birding paradise that can be found in the Turks & Caicos Islands, and there are many vantage points from which to take in these wondrous, diverse and colorful creatures. Sadly, it’s not uncommon for ... Read more about this post
  • Final Goodbyes December 3, 2019 Funeral traditions in the Turks & Caicos Islands. By Jody Rathgeb Death is not a likely topic for a magazine such as Times of the Islands. The sunshine, blue waters and swaying palms of the Turks & Caicos are so full of life that the alternative seems very far away. Yet people do die here and have ... Read more about this post
  • Onus or Bonus? December 3, 2019 Researchers assess the impact of sargassum seaweed in the TCI. By Kristy Lee and Sylvia Myers, MSc students, University of Greenwich; Debbie Bartlett, Ph.D., Faculty of Engineering and Science University of Greenwich; Franziska Elmer, Ph.D. Marine Ecology Lecturer, School for Field Studies Center for Marine Resource Studies From the UK, the Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI) are something we ... Read more about this post
  • The Mighty Mangrove December 2, 2019 Are we doing enough to conserve them? By Ewa Krzyszczyk, School for Field Studies Center for Marine Resource Studies When you think of mangroves, do you imagine blue skies, crystal clear water, lush green forest, dragonflies silently gliding above, the songs of the mangrove cuckoos? No? You might want to honor them a visit. In her article, “The ... Read more about this post
  • Big Thrills December 2, 2019 Meeting Humpback whales in Grand Turk By Brian Heagney, B.Sc Marine Biology ~ Photos by Sabine Frank & Brain Heagney The Turks & Caicos Islands (TCI) are made up of a number of islands and cays divided into two distinct groups . . . somewhat obviously, the Turks Islands and the Caicos Islands. These are separated by ... Read more about this post
  • Hidden Dangers December 2, 2019 Understanding rip currents and rip tides. By Paul Wilkerson Travelers from across the globe descend on the Turks & Caicos Islands at a steady pace throughout the year. Nearly all are drawn by photos of the clear turquoise waters that surround the country. Our family fell into that category. Images seemed surreal, and we wanted to see ... Read more about this post
  • Ice Cream in Parrotice December 2, 2019 North Caicos shop offers big scoops of opportunity. By Jody Rathgeb ~ Photos By Tom Rathgeb  Many know the silly childhood chant, “I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream.” In the case of Parrotice on North Caicos, though, it was the land that screamed, calling out, “I want to be an ice cream shop!” ... Read more about this post

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Photographer Marta Morton was enjoying another spectacular sunset when she spotted this lovely scene—a picture-perfect clump of Old Man Cacti and the pastel colours of what she later learned were crepuscular rays (see page 18). For more of Marta’s images, turn the pages of this issue and visit www.harbourclubvillas.com.

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