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Maldives Diary: Beaches and Sharks
The Indian Ocean islands that make up the Maldives have a relaxed, “another day in Paradise” vibe, sometimes a little too much so. At our resort, Hudhuran Fushi, each evening at 9pm the kitchen staff throws slops into the water from a columned structure off the main pier. Within minutes, 10-15 black-tip sharks appear, all about 4-5 feet long. They don’t feed in a frenzy, but anything thrown into the water disappears within seconds. Guests gather to watch the fun.
Below you can see the building where the feeding takes place: it is just beyond the stone jetty in the foreground of my snapshot, about 100 yards from the beach in front of our bungalow, where we swim each day.
As we reported last year about the Red Sea off southern Egypt, the reefs here are largely dead. The formerly luxurious gardens of brightly colored coral (Finding Nemo was true to life) have been replaced by seascapes that recall bombed-out German cities in 1945. Where there still is some coral, it has been drained of almost all its color. The locals attribute the change to a shift in ocean currents in 1997 that warmed their seas by 7°-8° F. Whatever the reason, one of the world’s great treasures is but a ghost of itself.
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…