Saturday, October 2, 2010

Don't be fooled by first impressions!

A magical day in Kona!!

The ship dropped anchor at Kona early in the morning. We tendered to the port. The sea was a little rough but nothing too intimidating. We toured a Seahorse farm. When we arrived at the site, everyone on the bus seemed abit curious and surprised. The venue looked like a group of prefab huts hooked together.

We were given an introduction by a nice young lady and then our guide appeared. A very knowledgeable young male worker guided us through the site. At this site, they have pioneered and achieved the impossible-hatch and raise seahorses in captivity.

Until the work pioneered by this non-profit enterprise, no seahorses had been raised in this manner. This facility has now reduced the harvesting of seahorses, in the wild (provisioning the pet shop industry), from 1 million per year to 25,000 per year.

The longevity of these fish kept in aquariums has gone from one year up to 12 years. Contrary to our first impressions, this venue is a MUST see when you visit Kona. Wait until you see our pictures.

Note for the day: Always travel with rain gear, you never know when you may need it. Sometimes it only rains for a few minutes a day but rain in the tropics isn't like rain at home.


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