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Flinging Poo

September 28, 2011

We had a great weekend; a six hour tour of museums and the southside on Saturday, and six hours of beach festing on Sunday.

Tumon Bay is an exceptionally clean lagoon – the reef protects it from all save the tallest waves, and sea cucumbers numbering in the millions filter plankton, leaving this 3′ deep natatorium of 88 degree water cyrstal-clear.

Sunday is a great people watching day on this beach – a combination of locals and tourists crop up, providing all manner of visual fodder.

Since I see no need for footwear in the tropics, folks who insist on being shod on a super-comfy powder sand beach tend to catch my attention.

Note to short women:  Wearing 4″ wedges on the beach serves to accentuate vertically-challenged insecurites.   I wouldn’t have looked otherwise; and yes, she’s Japanese.

After a while, some local kids showed up, plopping in the bay directly in front of us.

Locals, on average, don’t have a lot of money, so they make do with what they have.  One of the more unusual pastimes at the beach on Sunday involves pressing the local fauna into service as a game piece.

The game?

Flinging poo.

Remember the sea cucumbers mentioned earlier?  They’re about 6″ long, slimy, semisolid, jet black.  Millions of them litter the floor of the bay.

They look all the world like an oxidized loaf of poo, and serve as ammunition in many a lagoon game.

You can see one of the cute little turds on the photo above, hovering just above the horizon on the far right.

Supposedly they hurt like hell when they hit – like a semi-frozen snowball.

Took me the better part of an hour to capture a few shots of poo in flight.

Kids are kids wherever you go – only the ammunition changes in this ancient game.

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  1. September 28, 2011 8:38 am

    Best Bay I have ever swam in 🙂 So warm and clear is the water. Sea creatures visible everywhere around you. So glad I had time to experience it with dangerboy!!!!


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