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chockman
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Afriend, I thinks you hit the nail right on the head.Paddling a Sea kayak for 1700 hundred miles, Bullshit,but it is nice to dream.

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Posted : October 24, 2008 2:58 pm
promoguy
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Ya thunk.:D

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Posted : October 24, 2008 3:27 pm
Ronnie
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Who knows? Good for him if he can. I rather tend to doubt it though. You can go to the public library in STT and use their high speed internet for $5 an hour I think it is. The have about 10 computers.

Congosan, i don't know where you got your info from but you certainly are out in left field. We have been eating local fish for generations. Tourists do too. Ciguetera comes from eating too much fish, and once the toxin builds up in your body, you may get poisoned. Eating one or two a week hardly will get you infected. No one is hiding this from tourists.

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Posted : October 24, 2008 3:39 pm
promoguy
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Not being a fish biologist or whatever they call people that know a lot about fish, I would like to comment.

Ronnie, I am sure that since you were born on island and have live the greater portion of your 30 plus years on island and are what third generation, that maybe you have a naturally immunity to the poisons that mortal visitors or those who move there might not have.

I think if I am ever able to once again afford a trip down, we could pull one of the few hairs you possess and test for that immune gene. 🙂

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Posted : October 24, 2008 9:52 pm
Ronnie
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No one has immunity. Toxin builds in all of our bodies. When there is too much toxin, the poison kicks in. It stays dormant in your body until the level gets so high, you get sick. Kind of like the straw hat breaks the camel's back. If you don't eat fish for 6 months, it goes away. I was fortunate which I had it to have someone for the US Food and Drug Administration who comes down form the states to study it, give us a complete description at Rotary. That's the way I see it Promo.

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Posted : October 24, 2008 11:36 pm
maryc
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catharsolus,
r u male or female and where do u keep ur library card?

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Posted : October 25, 2008 1:22 am
Cory
 Cory
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hmmm, its only 1000 miles from Miami to the USVI...and you did it in a Kayak?? Sounds pretty dangerous to me. How long did that take you? How are you catching Shrimp here?

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Posted : October 25, 2008 12:40 pm
East Ender
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GTG: "Almost sounds too simple to be true " almost always is. If you ask the fishermen, they will tell you all sorts of stories about how they KNOW that a fish doesn't have ciguatera. Truth is, there are local people every day who get ciguatera from fish. It is a risk some people take. There is an expensive lab test, but you have to test each individual fish, not exactly cost effective.

Now, if you are eating local shrimp, I'm sure you don't have to worry! 😉

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Posted : October 25, 2008 4:13 pm
East Ender
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Ronnie: I know you know more than I do, but...I have heard of people getting ciguatera from a single exposure. Usually it is an especially toxic fish. But, I don't think the risk of ciguatera stops people from eating it, am I correct? I know I would still have a nice (small) Ole Wife, boiled, not fried, if I had the chance! 😉 Fungi and plantain on the side, please!!(tu)

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Posted : October 25, 2008 4:21 pm
A Davis
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*if I could eat ole wife every single day I would... good thing I can't, huh?*

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Posted : October 25, 2008 7:47 pm
congasan
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mark825
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hmmm, its only 1000 miles from Miami to the USVI...and you did it in a Kayak?? Sounds pretty dangerous to me. How long did that take you? How are you catching Shrimp here?

*-)

Maybe he paddled 350 miles out, realized that he'd forgotten his fishing net and had to paddle back?? He did say he left from west Florida, so 1,700 miles *could* be an accurate distance if it was near the Alabama state line.

I just thought it was funny that after posting ad nauseum about leaving behind the trappings of capitalism and materialism he's like, "Hey! Check out this website selling these AWESOME kayaks!" LOL

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Posted : October 26, 2008 1:14 pm
Alexandra
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1700 miles indeed since he undoubtedly wandered far and wide in all directions. More like 25000 miles maybe. Glad he is immune to issues with salt water poisoning and made it here without dehydrating. I guess he must have towed himself an ice berg along for fresh water.

I'd starve here on shrimp. Few available and very, very small. Now maybe he's talking about those mutant shrimp we call lobsters. 🙂

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Posted : October 27, 2008 3:19 pm
Trade
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Google catharsolus.

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Posted : October 27, 2008 8:20 pm
caribbeandebbie
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LOL! Shrimp??! And do you realize the cost of using the library or cafe computers?? The cost of daily fresh water?? It's so full of holes it's not even a good story...

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Posted : October 27, 2008 11:10 pm
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