Green Turtle on the menu in Green Turtle

The endangered Green Turtle – on the menu in Green Turtle
Spending years in the Caribbean, it is soon realized that some of these islands will simply vanish if global warming makes the sea rise as predicted, they will vanish because many coral formations are only 3 ft above sea level in the first place. We have idiots dropping anchors into the coral – thus destroying years of living coral, we have boats polluting the water by dumping bilge water into the open sea – but one of the wackiest crimes was found to still being perpetrated in the Exumas…..
After realizing that some of the small shops stocked up every six weeks when the supply boat arrives from the US. Most cruisers will use very small quantities of bleach in some way, to clean drinking water tanks, to keep clothes white and to sterilize food containers etc: Having seen dozens of 1 gallon bottles of ‘Clorex’ one day and none the next??? I once asked where all this BLEACH was being used – no-one would say but I eventually discovered that the Bahamians themselves were flushing out Lobster on the reef and in so doing killing the coral and their livelihood for ever.
Many turtles of the world are listed as endangered. In the Bahamas the Green Turtle is not recognized as being an endangered species and so it can (or could?) still be caught by Bahamian fishermen for both the meat and the gorgeous shell, and so it can be found in a few restaurants menus – including my own homebase of Green Turtle in Abaco.
I cannot understand the ignorance and the stupidity of the idiots catching and killing such a beautiful creature which has struggled all its life escaping from natural predators only to be caught and sold for about $200. I can almost understand the greed and desire to own the polished shell but not for the meat!!!
I have made myself unpopular on a few occasions but non more so as when I noticed to my horror that ‘Green Turtle’ meat and soup was on the menu of a small shack café by the waters edge in New Plymouth, I definitely needed to know if the taste made this such a delicacy to warrant the listing in the face of outrage ….. $8 a portion, it was slightly sticky and it truly tasted like fatty lamb, it was horrible and most definitely not worth killing for. Despite my protests and explanations, it was still being listed and the shell shown was for sale at $500.
The shell reminded me of my discovery of the mystery of the Lo Shu Turtle (sometimes referred to as the Sho Lo Turtle).
In the ancient time of China, there was a huge flood.
The people tried to offer some sacrifice to the ‘river god’
of one of the flooding rivers, the ‘Lo’ river, to calm his
anger. However, every time a turtle came from the river and
walked around the sacrifice. The river god didn’t accept
the sacrifice until one time, a child noticed the curious
figure on the turtle shell. Hence they realized the correct
amount of sacrifice to make (15).
Wikipedia describes the Lo Shu Turtle………Chinese literature dating from as early as 2800 BC tells the legend of Lo Shu or “scroll of the river Lo”. In ancient China, there was a huge flood. The people tried to offer some sacrifice to the river god of one of the flooding rivers, the Lo river, to calm his anger. Then, there emerged from the water a turtle with a curious figure/pattern on its shell; there were circular dots of numbers that were arranged in a three by three nine-grid pattern such that the sum of the numbers in each row, column and diagonal was the same: 15. This number is also equal to the number of days in each of the 24 cycles of the Chinese solar year.
If you count the shells you will see
4 9 2
3 5 7
8 1 6
adding the rows in ANY direction (even diagonally) will result in 15
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