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12/27/2012

Stingray City: As told by a Stingray.......

The following post is told by a stingray that resides at Stingray City in the North Sound of Grand Cayman. 

Hey humans! I am the longest living stingray in the North Sound. My name is Frank. That's right. Frank the stingray. Pretty clever, huh? I'm here to tell you how Stingray City was created and what we think of it. I hope you enjoy my story and maybe someday you'll even come visit us. I mean..I won't be around much longer, but the rest of my friends and family will be.

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We make our home in the North Sound of Grand Cayman, in the Caribbean Sea between West Bay and Rum Point. The shallow waters just south of the long reef are where we spend most of our time. It's kind of funny how we came to make this our home. 

A few decades ago, we noticed fishermen would return from their fishing trips in the deep sea and park their boats right in the same area to clean all the fish. It became very easy for us to eat because this occurred daily. The fishermen had to make a living so they'd fish every morning. We began to recognize the sound of the motors and knew the fish guts were coming. You wouldn't believe how delicious the scraps of fish that you guys throw away are. What a waste! Oh well, your misfortune is our survival. 

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Snorkel tours used to come by this area because of the beautiful reef and coral gardens nearby. Ironically, they used to blow a horn to notify their guests to get back on the boat when they spotted one of us. Now they market us and make money off us. Do we get a cut of that cash? Nope. All we get is an occasional squid fed to us. Sometimes it sucks to be a stingray!

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Once the locals realized we are completely  harmless, they began swimming with us, petting us, feeding us, and we kind of loved the attention. It has been going on this way for over 20 years. A marriage made in stingray heaven. 

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Every day. 365 days a year. Like clockwork. From about 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM, we have constant activity. Boats and boats full of people come to visit. It's funny because we are so excited to see you people, but we often hear screams, tears, and terror. I guess we take some time to warm up to. 

The waters are only waist deep so you don't even need a mask and snorkel if you don't want to. Oh and please, whatever you do, don't wear your big fins, or whatever you call them. It never fails that you step on us and those fins hurt! We pose for photos all day long. We give back massages. In exchange, you feed us squid and fish guts. It's a win-win for all of us. 

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I know our name scares some of you, but just beause we are called stingrays, it doesn't mean we sting. We don't really have a stinger, but rather a barb on our back. We never actively attack humans, but please don't step on the barb because that's our defense mechanism. 

There are dozens of boat tours that you can book to come visit us when you come to Grand Cayman. We look forward to meeting all of you and always welcome return visitors. After all, Stingray City is probably the coolest thing in Grand Cayman, so don't miss out!

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Well, that's all the time I have for blogging today. I hear the boat engines approaching, and I'm getting hungry. Until next time.............signing off.

This blog posting was brought to you by Cayman Condos. For information on any of our blog postings or to inquire about booking a condo, please contact our office at 800-999-1388. Something you love about the blog? Something you hate? Something you want me to write about? Let me know: joe@cicondos.com.

 

12/09/2012

We've Gone Social (Media)!!

As Cayman Condos continues to grow as a company, we have continued to grow with the content we provide our guests, both former and future. We are excited to announce the addition of several Social Media avenues where you can now get information about your favorite island. I want to summarize every place you will find us so you can add us to your favorite websites on your computer or apps on your mobile device. If you have any suggestions for us at Cayman Condos for ways we can improve or things you'd like to see talked about or posted on our various platforms, please let us know!

  • Facebook: The most popular form of social networking has been facebook for quite awhile. We have a great following with almost 900 people who like our page. We often post trivia, contests, specials and more. You can find us at www.facebook.com/caymancondos.
  • Twitter: A great source for us to post quick posts in 140 characters or less. We often tweet about what is going on right now on the island. You can find us tweeting links to articles, specials, flights, pictures, and more. We have over 900 followers and are always looking for more people. You can find us at www.twitter.com/caymancondos.
  • Instagram: An app available on most mobile devices, Instagram has become the spot to post photos. You can find us on Instagram at "caymancondos". Instagram is only available on mobile devices (i.e. you can't view our pictures on any websites).
  • Pinterest: Pinterest is one of the fastest growing social media avenues. It's basically a virtual pinboard, where you can "pin" pictures of your favorite things. We currently have albums set up for Seven Mile Beach, Sunset Cove, Cayman Sunsets, North Sound, Rum Point, & Casanova's Restaurant. You can view our pictures, pin them to your bulletin board, like them, or comment on them. This is a really cool way to share your pictures with us while on your vacation or after you return. You can find out Pinterest page at www.pinterest.com/caymancondos.
  • Google+: We have recently joined Google+. This is a new Google-based social network, similar to Facebook that has been gaining popularity since it was created in 2011. It has grown to over 500 million users. We are excited to connect to many of you there. To join Google+, you need to create a google account (gmail) and you can find us at caymancondos1.
  • Stumbleupon: This is a new social bookmarking site. It's a great place for us to post content and links to exciting things going on in Grand Cayman. You can "stumble upon us" at http://www.stumbleupon.com/stumbler/caymancondos.
  • Digg: This is another social bookmarking site very simlar to Stumbleupon. You can check it out and see which you prefer. This is a place to basically see what everyone is talking about on the Internet, which is constantly changing. We will do our best to stay up to date on the happenings in Grand Cayman. We are at www.digg.com and you can find us by searching caymancondos. 
  • YouTube: I'm pretty sure everyone is familar with YouTube. We will continue to post videos on YouTube that can hopefully help you with your visits to Cayman. We already have several cool videos up for you to view, including a tour of a condo and the preparation of Marinated Conch. You can find us at http://www.youtube.com/caymancondos.
  • LinkedIn: You and find us on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com and by searching Cayman Condos. We hope to post articles, links to our blog postings, and more if you want to link to us.

As you can see, we are making every effort to provide you with the best information we can to make your trip an exciting trip that you can look forward to. Please let us know if you have any other ideas for us and we will do our best to accomodate your wishes.

This blog posting was brought to you by Cayman Condos. For information on any of our blog postings or to inquire about booking a condo, please contact our office at 800-999-1388. Something you love about the blog? Something you hate? Something you want me to write about? Let me know: joe@cicondos.com.