Fastest Fish Visiting the Mexican Caribbean

Non-impact observation is the best way to see these lightning fast fish / Photo: Wikimedia
Non-impact observation is the best way to see these lightning fast fish / Photo: Wikimedia

With individuals recorded at speeds of 75 km/hr, the Atlantic sailfish has one of the highest speeds recorded for aquatic animals

dato2The fastest fish in the ocean are within the group of billfishes which are large predatory fish like marlins, swordfish and sailfish. They all have a spear-like rostrum or ‘bill’ used to slash their prey and have a large dorsal fin. Billfish are found all over the world but sailfish prefer tropical and subtropical waters. Some scientists think it is only one species of sailfish worldwide, while others think there are two separated species (Pacific and Atlantic).

Sailfish is considered highly migratory. They have been known to travel as far as 3800 km in the northwest Atlantic! Their migratory patterns are likely linked to waters between 21° to 28° C. The Atlantic sailfish gathers in large groups in the Mexican Caribbean, giving us the opportunity to see them during winter.

The Atlantic sailfish can reach up to three meters and owes its name to the spectacular dorsal fin which stretches nearly the length of its body. It can also streamline itself by retracting it into a groove in the dorsal side of its body. It is thought they use the dorsal fin to herd fish, make itself look bigger to fend off predators, cool down after periods of high activity, and to increase body stability while swimming and hunting.

They are usually found in the upper layers of water but can go as deep as 200 meters. Although they usually do not exceed speeds of 36 km/hr, individuals have been monitored at speeds of 75 km/hr which is one of the highest speeds reported for aquatic animals! It is primarily caught in sport and artisanal fishing, and declines have been observed in Central America, Iran and India. However, despite its importance in sport fishery, there are no stock assessments or reliable landings data to understand the species and the threats it may face.

Although it is a highly prized game fish due to its size, strength, jumps, and speed, non-impact observation of the amazing wildlife we get to see through snorkeling tours seems a better approach to me than chasing and/or killing these amazing predators through any sort of fishery. For a bit more information: http://marinebio.org.

source:http://www.theplayatimes.com/fastest-fish-visiting-mexican-caribbean/

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

You know you’re in Mexico when…

Today some Mexican culture and humor from the Matador Network.  I subscribe to the Matador Network and they have some really good articles, and some excellent writers. They give insight to life in Mexico, as seen through their writers eyes, some are Mexican natives, and some are expats.

1. “Madre” becomes a good thing, a bad thing, practically anything, but also your mother.

2. You can stop a bus wherever you want, as if it were a cab.

3. Everyone around you is wearing an overwhelming amount of hair products.

4. People laugh at you because you said you love chile or longaniza.

5. Sanitation workers are equipped with a bell, a donkey or both.

6. Every celebration is overtaken at some point by a chiquiti bum… and everyone there knows the whole incomprehensible litany.

7. You order a beer and you are asked if you want it “normal.” The opposite of normal can range from a little lime and salt, to an assortment of sauces, chili, tomato juice and maybe even some gummy bears… or shrimp… for real.

8. Someone gets his face smashed into a birthday cake and everybody applauds.

9. Your Spanish skills are immediately put to the test with two common and apparently simple concepts: limón and lima.

10. Fireworks become a totally acceptable substitute for an alarm clock, especially if you have a church nearby (and you’ll have a church nearby).

11. The same goes to the military band of your nearest school.

12. You have to stop your car in the middle of a lonely road because some guys are asking for money for a quinceañera party or for painting the local church. They use a piece of rope to stop random cars and have the quinceañera right there as proof of their good intentions.

13. The first cut in a birthday cake is a circle around its center and nobody has a convincing explanation for this.

14. Fresh made tortillas are available from specialized shops everywhere.

15. People suddenly forget what punctuality means… and you quickly follow the trend.

16. You look both sides of the road even when the crossing light is green.

17. It doesn’t matter what you’re having for breakfast, you’ll get a side of either papaya or frijolitos.

18. You’ll either be greeted with some superb coffee from Chiapas or with water for Nescafe.

19. The wall in front of you is painted with political propaganda, some party info featuring Polymarchs or a moralizing message from the virgencita.

20. Four people hanging from ropes cast themselves into the abyss from the top of a giant pole while playing drums and flutes and everybody acts as if that were perfectly normal.

21. Every single restaurant offers “something else”, like “tacos, tostadas… and something else.”

source:https://matadornetwork.com/abroad/know-youre-mexico/

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

It is That Time of Year Again

Well it is that time of year again, hippie season in Mahahual.  Every spring, about this time of year, after the snows start to melt up north, hippies from Europe and the USA start showing up in Mahahual.

Hippie van showing up in Mahahual, loaded with hippies.

Hippies chilling out.

Some of the hippies perform music, juggle, and other things to try to make money to survive.  They show up every year about this time, and leave before it gets too hot.

One of the hippie girls doing belly dancing on the malecon.

Another thing I find interesting is, most of the “snow bird” expats are leaving, or have already left to go back up north.  It seems the hippies show up as soon as the “snow birds” head back up north, I wonder if there is a correlation there.

Also Semana Santa starts this weekend, so we will be having college students from all over Mexico here next week on spring break.  So the next two weeks should be very interesting here in Mahahual, stay tuned.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South carolina

Update on my Medical Condition

Jessica Watts from Myrtle Beach, SC in black top, Casey Cleffi from Manasquan, NJ with me yesterday. They are both University of South Carolina co-eds.

Well my Facebook and blog diagnosis is in, I am pretty sure I have a hiatal hernia.  I put my symptoms out on Facebook and this blog, and I got a lot of good response, and even some advice from three or four doctors.  What I have learned lately is, no matter how unique you think your symptoms or medical problems are, there is somebody out there who has them before.

As some of you regular readers may know, I posted about my current stomach problems this past week, and I got a lot of good responses.  I was baffled with my condition, but after talking to several doctors, and reading what others had to say, I think I have figured out what I have.  After reading some opinions of my Facebook friends, and some blog readers, I did my research, and it appears hiatal hernia is what I got.  All the symptoms match, and after staying up all night the other night doing research, so I am relieved I now know what my problem is.

Here are some of the diagnosis I got on this blog, and on Facebook, some are quite interesting.

“the good news is you have a consistency of symptoms, and the reactive episode has a start and end as the body flushes out perhaps a toxin?

Most researchers would examine first your environment, then what you ear and drink, looking for a clue.

what has your life have in common this past tear? The place you live in Ka..something or other, thats the one consistent place but what else. you tend to eat at the same places and the same food. Keep a dairy of your daily conssumption, when and what. and where, is there any toxic gases or smells or chemicals at the Ka? paint,

Your food? by keeping a dairy you might identify triggers, your environment might have triggers. only keeping a dairy can help you identify triggers.. Good luck stewart. sounds awful… sounds like a toxin or a parasite or a bacteria.”

“Everyday Health » Gallbladder » Symptoms
Symptoms of Gallbladder Problems
By Diana RodriguezMedically Reviewed by Robert Jasmer, MD
The gallbladder isn’t an organ that gets a lot of attention — unless it’s causing you pain.

The gallbladder is a little sac that stores bile from the liver, and it’s found just beneath your liver.

The gallbladder releases bile, via the cystic duct, into the small intestine to help break down the foods you eat — particularly fatty foods.

Typically the gallbladder doesn’t cause too many problems or much concern, but if something slows or blocks the flow of bile from the gallbladder, a number of problems can result.

What Can Go Wrong

Some common gallbladder problems include:

Gallstones (cholelithiasis): This is the name of the condition when small stones, or sometimes larger ones, develop inside the gallbladder.

Gallstones may cause pain known as biliary colic (see below), but about 90 percent of people with gallstones will have no symptoms.

Most symptomatic gallstones have been present for a number of years.

For unknown reasons, if you have gallstones for more than 10 years, they are less likely to cause symptoms.

Biliary colic: This is the term often used for the severe episodes of pain that can be caused by gallstone blockage of the cystic duct.

The gallbladder contracts vigorously against the blockage, causing spasmodic (or sometimes constant) severe pain.

Biliary colic episodes usually last only an hour or two. They may recur infrequently, often years apart.

Inflamed gallbladder (cholecystitis): Inflammation of the gallbladder can be caused by gallstones, excessive alcohol use, infections, or even tumors that cause bile buildup.

But the most common cause of cholecystitis is gallstones.

The body can react to the gallstone irritation by causing the gallbladder walls to become swollen and painful.

The episodes of inflammation can last for several hours, or even a few days. Fever is not unusual.

About 20 percent of the time, the sluggish, inflamed gallbladder is invaded by intestinal bacteria, and becomes infected.

Occasionally, the gallbladder actually ruptures, which is a surgical emergency.

Suspected episodes of cholecystitis always require medical attention, particularly if fever is present.

Dysfunctional gallbladder or chronic gallbladder disease: Here, the gallbladder may become rigid and scarred from gallstones and repeated episodes of inflammation.

Symptoms are more constant, but tend to be vague, including abdominal fullness, indigestion, and increased gas.

Chronic diarrhea is a common symptom, usually occurring after meals, and up to 10 times per day.

Common Gallbladder Symptoms

Specific symptoms may vary based on what type of gallbladder condition you have, although many symptoms are common among the different types of gallbladder problems.

But most gallbladder symptoms start with pain in the upper abdominal area, either in the upper right or middle.

Below are common symptoms of gallbladder conditions:

Severe abdominal pain
Pain that may extend beneath the right shoulder blade or to the back
Pain that worsens after eating a meal, particularly fatty or greasy foods
Pain that feels dull, sharp, or crampy
Pain that increases when you breathe in deeply
Chest pain (angina)
Heartburn, indigestion, and excessive gas
A feeling of fullness in the abdomen
Vomiting, nausea, fever
Shaking with chills
Tenderness in the abdomen, particularly the right upper quadrant
Jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes)
Stools of an unusual color (often lighter, like clay)

Some gallbladder problems, like simple gallstones that are not blocking the cystic duct, often cause no symptoms at all.

They’re most often discovered during an X-ray or CT scan that’s performed to diagnose a different condition, or even during an abdominal surgery.

If you spot any symptoms of gallbladder trouble, head to your doctor for a diagnosis and prompt treatment to get your digestive tract running smoothly again.”

“Hey Stewart,
I had similar symptoms but not quite so severe as yours. I tried restricting foods, the time I’ve eaten food, to narrow down the possibilities, nothing worked. But when I quit taking my multivitamin , a daily routine before work , it stopped after a short period of time. I couldn’t absorb the iron. I’m not a doctor, but I hope it something this simple.
Michigan John”

“Similar symptoms until one day I felt like I was having contractions. Lol. I thought I’m dying. Went to ER had emergency surgery to remove gall bladder. All fine and better after that. 10 years ago and never another related problem. Can you see a DR in Chetumal maybe with more experience with this sort of thing where they can do some testing? So sorry you are having such discomfort.”

“I second the other opinions try a GI specialist or get your gallbladder looked at somehow.”

“I would suggest a stress EKG. Inferior myocardial angina can present like this. Agree with gall bladder investigation.You might want to go to Clinico Carranza in Chetumal to rule out these things”

“I say,possible Hiatal hernia. I have one from a past surgery, similar symptoms.”

Ding-Ding, we have the winner with hiatal hernia from Christina Connolly.

“Stew, have you ever had your gall bladder tested to see if it is active/healthy . Some, not all of your symptoms sound like a gall bladder related issue ( possibly ) Had to have mine out last year.”

“Did they make a Laparoscopy to see if it may be an Hiatal Hernia?”  From my doctor friend on Facebook Dr. Marlon Avalos, he works for Costa Med, I think.

“I had this. They removed my gall bladder. And also talked about the hiatal hernia. Don’t eat after six, drink ice water, sleep in a upright position, drainage seems to make mine go crazy. You have to find out what makes yours act up. Soda pop. Cigarettes and alcohol are all no no. It seems the best thing that helps me is chewable pink Pepto bismal.”

“Try to eliminate all dairy from your diet, it causes the production of mucus and acidity in the body, it will definitely make you feel better. I have reflux and had my esophagus burnt because of the acid and had constant gastritis, also because of chronic stress. When I eliminated dairy from my diet, reflux and gastritis was gone. And of course follow up on the advice of the doctor to get a better diagnosis with the laparoscopy and other tests that will help to reach a diagnosis. Most doctors don’t tell you to eliminate dairy but it has been proven to be beneficial.”

“i have a friend who is going through the same thing right now. After all the tests and shit her doctors have prescribed her anti depressants.”

So after all these responses and my research, I think I now know what I am up against. So me being a natural holistic kind of guy, I decided to check out if there were any natural ways to treat a hiatal hernia.  I mean I live right in the heart of Maya land, so I went to find out if there are any natural remedies, and come to find out there are.

So the other day I went out and bought me some cinnamon and ginger to take, because that is good to help close hiatal hernia.  Other natural remedies are licorice, and chamomile tea, which I will have to get from Chetumal.  I also came across this natural remedy and exercise.

How to Fix a Hiatal Hernia

Naturally

If you have a hiatal hernia, you probably experience the horrible burning in your chest associated with heartburn and acid reflux after most meals. I’d like to offer a simple, natural solution for your mealtime discomfort.

But first, a quick explanation of what’s happening: Your diaphragm separates the organs in your chest from your stomach and other digestive organs. But in the case of a hiatal hernia, your stomach has breached the divide, worming its way through an enlarged hole at the back of the diaphragm that allows the esophagus to go from the throat to the stomach. The only solution is to get your stomach out of the hole. Here’s how you do it without surgery and in a quick morning exercise:

  • Drink a glass of room temperature or slightly warm water when you get out of bed in the morning. (Skip the coffee, tea, juice, and cold water—just drink warm water.)
  • While standing, bring your arms straight out from your sides and bend your elbows so your hands are touching your chest.
  • Stand up on your toes as high as possible and drop down. You should get a pretty good jolt. Drop down like this 10 times continuously.
  • Then, while standing with your arms up in the air, breathe short quick breaths with your mouth open for about 15 seconds. That’s it.

You are essentially forcing your stomach out of the hole. The warm water acts as a weight in the stomach, while relaxing the stomach muscles as well. The breathing at the end helps close the diaphragm and the hole where your stomach was lodged.

As long as you have a hiatal hernia, this is an exercise you’ll have to do every morning to put an end to you acid reflux problems. But, there are other natural solutions to more minor cases of heartburn and acid reflux like eating ginger or licorice.

So I have been doing these exercises every morning, and they seem to be working, I have not had any problems in three days.  I am even chewing on cinnamon sticks, and having a couple teaspoons  of ground ginger in a glass of water a couple of times a day, and so far I have had no problems.

Friday night I was watching the Gamecocks win in March Madness, and the whole game I was chewing on cinnamon sticks, and drinking water with ginger, I thought that was kind of funny.  No beer or liquor for this old man, just cinnamon and ginger water, with my sports on TV.

So for the time being, I think I have a handle on my medical problem, or at least know what it is.

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Yemaya Beach Club and Resort, Mahahual

First of all I would like to apologize to Robert Gruber, owner of Yemaya Beach, for taking so long to get this article out.  I went to a birthday party about a month ago, took some photos, at Yemaya Beach, and I told Robert I would put them on this blog with his information and website.  Well I had to leave the birthday party early, and kind of forgot about the article until I found photos this morning.  So again sorry, I have been a little behind schedule.

Like I said, Yemaya Beach is owned and operated by Robert Gruber, originally from Germany.  I have seen Robert around Mahahual since I have been here, so he has been here quite a while. Well he has opened a beach club south of town on the coastal road to Xcalak.

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His place is about 4.5 kilometers south of town.

Entrance to Yemaya.

It is a great little spot on the beach, and you can see the port and Mahahual from the beach there.

Beach at Yemaya.

Robert has a swing bar, a restaurant, and all the other beach club amenities. You can hang out on the beach, snorkel, get a massage and there are also kayaks.

Cool swing bar.

Birthday party I was at.

They also have rooms, or cabanas I should say, you can stay in.  Here is their ad off of booking.com.

“Offering a barbecue and views of the sea, Yemaya Beachclub & Resort – Mahahual is set in Mahahual. The resort has a sun terrace and a private beach area, and guests can enjoy a meal at the restaurant. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property and free private parking is available on site.

The rooms have a private bathroom.

You will find concierge service at the property.

A range of activities are offered in the area, such as snorkelling, windsurfing and diving. The nearest airport is Chetumal International Airport, 68 km from Yemaya Beachclub & Resort – Mahahual.

We speak your language!”

Also I got this off of their website.

“Our secluded, private beach club offers an authentic “off the beaten path” experience, while our friendly staff, full service bar & restaurant provide all the necessary comforts. Kayaks are available for guests as well as massages (upon request).

Whether you are looking for an exclusive beach location where to kick back for the day, a serene spot where to settle for a camping vacation in the Caribbean, a gorgeous setting where to celebrate a special occasion, or just a place where you can enjoy doing nothing, Yemayá Beach Club & Resort is waiting for you!”

So if you are here on a cruise ship, or on vacation, or an expat looking for a different place to go for the day or night, check out Yemaya Beach Club and Resort.

If you are interested in visiting or booking a room at Yemaya Beach Club and Resort, I am enclosing their website below, so you can check them out for yourself.

http://www.yemaya.com.mx/

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

Mayan chewing gum penetrates global organic-foods market

Mayan farmers in the states of Campeche and Quintana Roo have become players in the global chewing gum market with their unique and organic product.

Sold under the brand Chicza Organic Rainforest Gum, the biodegradable chewing gum was launched in 2009 and has since expanded to 26 European countries, Canada and the United States.

Introduced to the global market during BioFach 2009, the world’s largest trade fair for organic food, Chicza was chosen as one of the top 20 original products.

Chicza is made from raw latex obtained from the sustainable harvest of the chicozapote tree by Consorcio Chiclero, an umbrella cooperative that brings together 40 groups representing some 2,000 small producers from the two southeastern states.

The cooperative provides gum producers with social security, scholarships and other benefits, improving the quality of life of their families.

The chicozapote, or Manilkara zapota, trees from which the latex is taken are located in a 1.3-million-hectare region of rainforest with organic certification.

Chicza chewing gum is produced in Campeche and Quintana Roo. (PHOTO: chicza.com.uk)

Chicza chewing gum is produced in Campeche and Quintana Roo. (PHOTO: chicza.com.uk)



The cooperative produces 40 tonnes of flavored chewing gum annually, while an additional 100 tonnes of raw gum are exported every year to Japan and Singapore, which have been buying Campeche and Quintana Roo gum for over 100 years.

The processed gum comes in five flavors, lime, cinnamon, mint, spearmint and mixed berry.

With offices in Quintana Roo and the United Kingdom, Consorcio Chiclero oversees all stages of the production chain, from cultivation to distribution and exporting the finished product.

CEO Manuel Alderete Terrazas says Chicza is proof that the private sector doesn’t have to be at odds with the environment.

Source: mexiconewsdaily.com

source:http://www.theyucatantimes.com/2017/03/mayan-chewing-gum-penetrates-global-organic-foods-market/

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina