Excursions, weather

BROWN WATER IN THE CARIBBEAN?

 
 Things to do on vacation in Grand Cayman
 

The beautiful caribbean island - Grand Cayman - is world famous for it's Seven Mile Beach, soft coral sands and azure waters. The most famous beauty spot of all would, of course in our opinion, be Stingray City Sandbar where you can hold, feed and kiss stingrays in crystal clear waters that are just waist deep.

So, you can imagine the surprise at seeing this upon arrival at the sandbar on our recent tour!!

In our previous post, we displayed photos showing how green the waters were after the heavy rains. This is caused by the rains washing out the nutrients from the mangroves into the sound and causing an algae "bloom". It is certainly not dangerous to be in the water when this occurs, but it does make visibility difficult, and the the stingrays are not overly fond of it.

But on June 6th, Captain Mario witnessed something he had never seen before - dark brown waters creeping over the sandbar. The creep was noticeable even as he took photos of our visitors holding stingrays, with the background water changing from green to what everyone joked was "coca-cola" (should we have just added rum??)

Start of visit ...... end of visit .......

Start of visit ...... end of visit .......

This phenomenon was apparently caused by the very consistent downpour experienced over the last few days of the tropical depression, and the subsequent leeching of the mangrove pigmentation into the waters!

Our guests responded to this positively, being excited to have experienced this occurrence which happens very, very seldom. And truly, they will now be in possession of very unique photos of the stingray sandbar in Grand Cayman - pretty certain there are not many of them around! Have to say that we always seem to host the most awesome guests possible who just live for the moment and love the adventure!

A truly unique picture of visitors at Stingray City Sandbar in Grand Cayman - surrounded by "coca-cola" waters

A truly unique picture of visitors at Stingray City Sandbar in Grand Cayman - surrounded by "coca-cola" waters