Winter Travel Talk at the Woods Hole Public Library, Wildlife of the Cayman Islands

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. This time, Terry will speak about the Cayman Islands, a place they have happily visited 10 times, focusing 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 south-west of Grand Cayman.

Both Maggie and Terry 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 rodent the Cayman Hutia. Terry 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.

This program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Library at 508-548-8961 or visit www.woodsholepubliclibrary.org.

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