Adventure Guide to Belize, 5th Edition (Hunter Travel by Vivien Lougheed

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There are limes, oranges, grapefruit, apple, papaya, avocado and – my favorite – the cashew. Although I like the nut, it is the fruit with its tart pulp that makes my mouth water. Do taste it if you are there during its season, which is early May. Formed like a pepper, the fruit can be yellow, green or red and it has a kidney-shaped nut hanging from its bottom. Inside this hard nut is the cashew meat, surrounded by a liquid that burns at the touch. No wonder this delicacy that we prize so much is expensive.

The eggs incubate for about 60 days. This period, along with the sex of the turtle, is dependent on the temperature. The green turtle is so named because of the color of its fat. This slow grower does not reach sexual maturity until at least 20 years of age and some are believed to wait for 50 years. The green turtle will grow to about 39 inches (one meter) and weigh about 330 pounds (150 kg). However, in the recent past these creatures would grow to twice that size. Today, we harvest them so rapidly that they no longer have time to grow to their maximum size.

However, garbage like plastic and Styrofoam have been found in the stomachs of these creatures. This decreases the amount of nutrition they can absorb and weakens them. BEKKO Bekko is a Japanese word meaning shell. For centuries, bekko has been used for making jewelry and decorating things like cabinets, door posts and mirrors. The shell of the hawksbill is considered the most beautiful, with scales colored orange, gold and dark brown. The loggerhead turtle can grow up to three feet (one meter) and weigh up to 250 pounds (115 kg).

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