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Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria

Today, we travelled to Lake Victoria.  This huge lake was first discovered by Europeans by the great adventurers Burton and Speke in their quest for the source of the Nile river.  This is the world’s largest tropical lake, as well as the largest reservoir in Africa.  It covers an impressive 68,600 square kilometers.  

We hire a local fisherman to take us out on his boat.  From there, we snorkel in the relatively shallow waters of the lake.  Lake Victoria is one of the lakes in the East African Valley Rift system, most of which are full of colorful cichlid fish.  Their are many different species present and the colors are dazzling.  Perhaps most surprising is that it is believed that all of these different species evolved from a couple, even one single, species.  Darwin would be proud.

It is nice to relax a bit after our hard treks and climbs in the past few weeks.  Tomorrow we will be heading to Lake Malawi, another African lake famous for its fish.

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Divers have recently found a tiny gold joint toothpick and earwax spoon in the trail of a shipwrecked Spanish galleon off of the Florida Keys.  It is believed to be more than 385 years old.

The Golden Tool

The tool weighs only an ounce, but its value is around $100,000.  It belonged to someone alive during the late 16th or early 17th century.  The divers, were searching for the shipwreck of the Spanish galleon Santa Margarita that sank in a 1622 hurricane, also recovered ceramic pieces, spikes, ships’ fittings, rigging elements and two skeleton keys.

The search for Santa Margarita artifacts began more than a quarter-century ago by the late, famous Key West treasure hunter Mel Fisher.  Almost a year ago, Blue Water divers also located gold bars, gold chains and a lead box containing thousands of pearls that were carried by the Margarita.  The value of that previous find was estimated at more than $2 million.  Hopefully, divers will be able to find the wreck itself soon.

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