We don’t ever see great whites at our island off the coast of Belize (great whites generally don’t like water as warm as we have) but sometimes we just can’t resist an awesome underwater video clip, and this one, featuring snorkel diver Ocean Ramsey, more than makes the mark.

Ocean, a Hawaiian shark conservation advocate, was featured in The Daily Telegraph after taking a risk few others in the world have dared – swimming in open water with several adult great whites. She told The Daily Telegraph yesterday the experience, which occurred off the coast of Mexico, was one of the highlights of her lifelong diving career. “The goal was to go and find some great white sharks and collect video footage of their natural behaviour, but also, if the opportunity arose and the conditions were right, to actually interact with them,” she told The Daily Telegraph two days ago after a video of her swimming in open water with several adult great whites went viral on Youtube.

“The goal was to go and find some great white sharks and collect video footage of their natural behaviour, but also, if the opportunity arose and the conditions were right, to actually interact with them,” she said.

oceanwithraysOcean, a former marine park sharks curator, apparently also likes to swim with rays, according to her photo collection on Facebook. And though we don’t have great white sharks at Long Caye, we do have rays. So if this video inspires you, give us a call.

The Toledo Howler newsletterI just received the most amazing publication via email: The Toledo Howler, a newsletter of the southern-most chapter of the Belize Tourism Industry Association.

I love Toledo. I spent a day there two months ago touring many of the local lodges. What a wonderful place! This is my favorite part of Belize – next to Glover’s Reef, of course ;-). It is the most remote, quaint, and picturesque part of mainland Belize. I blogged about Punta Gorda, the final frontier of Belize right after I got back.

So anyway, I was astounded at the amount of information in this little newsletter. Whoever put it together did a fantastic job. And I haven’t even found time yet to look at what they have in all of the back issues!

This single issue has articles on:

Shark conservation
Grackles
A local plant, Genipa Americana
Recent tourism awards, including 2 people I met when I was down there : )
An extensive calendar of upcoming events
A restaurant guide
A recipe for Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
A map of downtown Punta Gorda
Contact information for local lodges and tour guides
Nim Li Punit, the Mayan ruin
A Mayan women’s co-operative at Indian Creek village
Organic gardening in Toledo
A tour of Dem Dat’s Doin farm
Bus and plane schedules connecting Toledo with the rest of Belize
An interview with Leonie Requena, the owner of the local water taxi serice
A map of Toledo with all of the attractions marked

What an amazing guide, don’t leave home without it!