The Southern stingray is the most common ray in the Caribbean. In some snorkeling sites, they are even tamed and fed by local tour operators. They have poisonous stings at the base of the tail, which can cause serious injuries. This one is burying his body in the sand and interacts with a fish.
Under water you cannot spread Covid-19. Therefore, snorkeling is a perfect way to stay healthy when beeing in quarantaine. The wreck Antes is a nice snorkeling spot, and tourist boats feed terns (Seeschwalben).
Chris Doyle has a wonderful desrcription of the wreck Andes: “This three-masted ironbarque was sailing from Trinidad with a load of pitch in 1905. When it got to Antigua, the crew noticed smoke rising from one ofthe hollow masts and suspected the motion of the boat had caused enough friction in the cargo to start a fire. Having hazardous cargo, they were refused permission to go into St. John’s, so they anchored in Deep Bay. When they opened the cargo hatches to dea l with the problem, the infusion of fresh air caused the pitch to burst into uncontrollable flames. The wooden deck burned off the steel frames and the vessel sank.”
It’s strange that we were the only sailing boat anchoring in this beautiful bay just a few miles away from buzzling Jolly Harbour. Seeing no other boats or people for miles arround, but only one fisherman in the night, and even knowing that Antigua allegedly has the lowest crime rate of all Caribbean countries, we locked our companionway (Niedergang) and lifted our dingi out of the water for the night.
On anchor at Mosquito Cove near Jolly Harbour, sending the temperature twice a day to a Corone nurse. That’s the start for a fourteen day quarantine for sailors in Antigua. There may be worse ways to quarantaine before starting a transatlantic crossing.