Baiting Flying Fish

Okay, this one is a little strange. Sometimes I think being couped up on a boat for too long can have serious side effects. Having said that, I’m willing to live with them.

In this case, my kids (Ethan I think mostly) wanted to experiment with trying to capture another flying fish. The belief is that a can of Coke Zero has some attraction force for these fish because when Caroline accidentally dropped a can while passagemaking a flying fish flew on to the boat before the next morning. Well, they taped a can out on this passage to Antigua and believe it or not, it happened again. Now, we’re not quite sure when the flying fish appeared because it was so small but a day later we did find one near the transom.

Anyway, I’m not sure that this qualifies as a science experiment. In fact, I hope it doesn’t. Oh, and by the way, don’t tell the kids but I plan on making with them a solar observation instrument…. okay, it’s a pin-hole camera. It will be very cool especially once the sun comes back but I don’t want to give too much of the next several days away.