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:


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.”


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


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

I got a Medical Problem, and Need advice

Usually I would not do this, ask for medical advice on this blog, but I am at a loss.  I have had a stomach problem and it is getting more frequent, and it is starting to make my life miserable, and keeping me from working.  I am doing this in hope that maybe one of you blog readers have experience this, or know someone who has.  Me and the doctors here are baffled, they have never seen this before, so it has to be some kind of “Gringo” thing, or illness.  I posted this below on Facebook for my friends, so I thought why not post on blog, because if I am dead or dying I can’t write bog.  Or if you know a doctor in the USA, ask them what they think of this, Thanks.

“Ok, I got a medical problem, and I have been to the doctor 3 times, and they keep giving me acid pills and magnesium and stuff like that and nothing is working. I had another attack today and one on Tuesday, so I have missed work this week. This all started in Playa del Carmen about 3 or 4 years ago when I had my first attack. They used to come once or twice a year, then once every two or three months, and now much more frequently.
Here are my symptoms, I wake up either at night, or in the morning with bad heartburn and indigestion, (does not matter what food I ate or when I have come to realize, it even happens on an empty stomach), and then I start dry heaving, and then vomit up clear or a white liquid, no food, or food particles, or anything with color. I then get nausea and have to lay down in bed, and can barely move. My right arm gets numb, I start to sweat, and I can just lay in bed. I dry heave and vomit up just small amounts of clear liquid like I said. I mean it knocks me out for almost exactly 8 hours like it did today. It started at around 9 am and lasted until exactly 7pm, and this happens every time, and then after 8 hours and dry heaving all day, I then feel all right. I cannot figure out what this is, I have cut out almost everything and nothing works. I don’t drink alcohol, no coffee, no spicy foods, and no late night eating, and nothing is working.
So I am at a loss, and if there are any doctors or nurses out there who could have an idea what this is let me know. I don’t know if I am allergic or something, I don’t think it is fatal, and I never vomit up blood or even food, so no ulcer or bleeding in my stomach, so doctors can’t figure it out.
So anybody got any ideas, I will listen to any thoughts or ideas you may have. Or if you have ever heard of this, or knew somebody else that has experience this please let me know, I am at my wit’s end, and help would be appreciated. Thanks

Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South carolina

Spring breakers reportedly chant ‘build that wall’ during Cancun cruise

I never thought I would see the Fox News quote a publication I write for, but Fox News recently quoted the Yucatan Times as a source.  I came across this today from the editor of the Yucatan Times on Facebook, and I thought some of you might find this interesting.

“Thank you to The San Francisco Chronicle and Fox News for using The Yucatan Times as a source of local news!!!”

Spring breakers reportedly chant ‘

build that wall’ during Cancun cruise

A Mexican newspaper on Monday criticized a group of tourists from the U.S. on spring break who reportedly chanted “build that wall” during a cruise off Cancun, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.

The chanting occurred on a “Pirate Ship” attraction. The Yucatan Times called the chant an act of “xenophobia and discrimination against Mexicans within their own country.”

The paper described the cruise as an entertainment excursion allows attendees to witness sword fights and drinking. The paper reported, “This situation is far from being an isolated incident, and it adds to the growing number of complaints from tourism sector workers, who point out that in recent days many Spring Breakers have been offensive, rude and haughty towards Mexican people.”

The Mexican paper referred to a social media post by a Peruvian man who was on board the ship.

“Today I was with Suly, my wife (who is a native of Mexico), watching an entertainment show off the coast of Cancun aboard a boat, and at the end of the show, a flock of Americans (maybe under the influence of alcohol, or maybe not), began to sing the infamous ‘Build that wall’ chant louder and louder’.”


That is the Fox News report, now here is the editorial that Fox News I think was referring to from the Yucatan Times.

EDITORIAL: Spring Breakers chanting “Build That Wall” in Cancun is unacceptable

CANCUN — What would be a dream night for Suly and Anaximandro Amable, a newly married couple who went to Cancun for their honeymoon, became a bitter experience on Monday March 13.

During a family show on the high seas, young American spring breakers began to sing the controversial “Build That Wall” chant, which shocked Mexican national tourists and workers.

This is just one of the many blameworthy behaviors that young spring breakers have shown recently in Cancun and that are described as acts of xenophobia and discrimination against Mexicans within their own country, which is (or should be) totally unacceptable.

Anaximandro, from Perú, made the following statement on social networks: “Today I was with Suly, my wife (who is a native of Mexico), watching an entertainment show off the coast of Cancun aboard a boat, and at the end of the show, a flock of Americans (maybe under the influence of alcohol, or maybe not), began to sing the infamous “Build that wall” chant louder and louder”.

This chant became popular across the US in the wake of Trump’s Election Day victory. And it went viral on social networks, when students at a Michigan middle school began chanting Build the wall!” during lunch on the day after Trump’s election, November 17, 2016.

The “Pirate Ship” sails out from Puerto Juárez, and the show takes place in the middle of the ocean, where attendees can witness the clashing of swords and the explosion of cannons along with a constant flow of drinks.

Several Mexican tourists on board the ship expressed their annoyance, but the Americans did not stop at all and continued singing the racist hymn.

This situation is far from being an isolated incident, and it adds to the growing number of complaints from tourism sector workers, who point out that in recent days many Spring Breakers have been offensive, rude and haughty towards Mexican people.

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American Tourists at Pirate Ship Cancún (Photo: Google)

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Anaximandro Amable Facebook post (Source; Facebook)

TYT Newsroom with information from:


Thanks for reading,

Stewart Rogers USA-South Carolina

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