Yesterday we went scuba diving to hunt for lion fish. This is the only type of fish that is allowed to be hunted on scuba. As luck would have it there were not a huge abundance of them but we did manage to catch three of them with spear guns. Carl (dive master) was also busy breaking open conch with a hammer to break a hole on the pointy end of the conch and then a butter knife to break the conch’s hold on the shell. I didn’t take any pictures underwater which was too bad as it was such a pretty dive and the visibility was awesome! It would have also been a bit cumbersome to hunt for the lion fish with a camera and being extremely careful not to touch their poisonous spines. We both had a lot of fun and some good laughs on the boat as we talked about our hunting experience.
After taking our dive gear back to French Angel Expeditions, Heni (co-owner of French Angel) gave us some homemade conch soup – just awesome! Ash (co-owner) invited us to come over around 4 PM for ceviche which they would made from our catch of lion fish and conch. We went shopping with Oliver (boat captain) for some groceries and the staff at French Angel went to work chopping up the vegetables to make the ceviche. Absolutely delicious! They kept the conch and lion fish ceviche separate so we could compare. It seemed the lion fish was the favorite. It is a mild white fish that some say tastes like hog fish. Hog fish to Belizean is a delicacy. It was such an honor to be invited over to share some food, laughter and stories with our new friends on Caye Caulker.
Tomorrow we are going to tour Altun ha which is a smaller Maya site on the mainland of Belize. This adventure is on a horse drawn wagon tour through a rain forest and then through the Maya site of Altun ha.