September 17, 2021

Wildlife of Cayman Islands subject of Travel Talk

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The Woods Hole Public Library continues its Winter Travel Talks with a presentation by Terry Rioux on Saturday, March 2, at 3 PM. Terry and his wife, Maggie, travel every year, and they have become “regular presenters” in this series.

For this talk, Mr. Rioux alone will speak about the Cayman Islands, a place the couple has visited 10 times, focusing his talk on the animals they have seen there, both on land and under the sea.

The Cayman Islands, a British Protectorate, sit in the Caribbean several hundred miles south of Cuba. The archipelago contains the islands of Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, and Little Brae. The latter two are known as The Sister Islands, and are 70 miles southwest of Grand Cayman.

Both Maggie and Terry Rioux are avid and expert scuba divers, so they saw more animals and plants underwater than most people. They went scuba diving every morning while they stayed on Little Cayman, the less built-up island. Many of the animals of these islands are almost extinct, such as the Sister Islands rock iguana. Several have already become extinct, such as the Cayman thrush, and the Cayman hutia (a rodent). Mr. Rioux will show his photographs of many of the birds, fishes, invertebrates, and lizards, including the highly invasive green iguana and its almost-extinct cousin, the blue iguana.

The program is free and open to the public.

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