In the mid-70ís, I was fortunate to be able to visit Belize and more specifically Caye Caulker. We stayed in rustic huts and made several reef dives each day. This was the week following the release of the movie Jaws, so the excitement level was in high gear. Iím not sure what there was in the way of a village back then. The only excursion that we took was at night; we were taken to what was probably a multi-use building where a dance was taking place. I remember the local people with their curious stares and friendly smiles.
As we were returning from a dive one morning, I had the opportunity to be pulled behind the boat using a diverís sled. This was great fun, being able to control my position relative to the ocean floor with a simple tilt of the sled. As I was nearing the end of my turn, I noticed a very large (> 300 cubic ft) man-made cage, more like a corral, nearly completely filled with lobster. What an incredible sight. I have always assumed that this was a holding area for lobster, put to use during the off-season, possibly just before lobster season opened. But Iím not even sure if there was a lobster season back then. Iím curious to know more about this, and if it is still in practice today.