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Field Notes: The Papaw

This article was taken from our archives. It first appeared in the October 1952 issue of The Bermudian. It appears here exactly as it did originally. A well-known plant found in most tropical and sub-tropical countries is the Papaw or Papaya, Carica papaya. It is a native of South America and is extensively cultivated in the tropical parts of the world for its edible fruit. These fruits somewhat resemble melons and are usually eaten in the same way. They vary…


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We Should Be Seeing More Sharks Inshore: An Interview with Choy Aming

Sharks are undoubtedly one of the ocean’s most well known predators. Humans are always startled by the few threats in the natural world that we have not overcome, and which still pose a danger to us, and as such, the…


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Bermuda Beasts: Parrotfish

Behold, the jewel of our water, the parrotfish! Parrotfish are common around Bermuda and our waters are some of the only places where they can still be seen in large herds. Popular reefs for the spectacle include Gravelly Bay (next…


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9 Bermuda Edibles to Forage and Enjoy

When the loquats come out in February, so do the old jam and preserving jars. Even though Bermuda’s typical lifestyle is now more suburban than rural, many of us still make loquat jam or chutney, not to mention loquat liqueur.…


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The Land Crab Story: An Interview with Dr. David Wingate

Every year at the beginning of July, when Bermuda’s waters became warmer in the summer sun, a crimson migration erstwhile passed over our roads and beaches. Side-ways bumbling land crabs in their thousands used to make for the water, in…

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Bermuda Beasts: 8 Facts About The Bermuda Skink

Where can you spot them? Skinks favour rocky habitats and can be found on isolated rocky shorelines. Most of the population lives in Spittal Pond and on the Castle Harbour islands.   1. Skinks are our only endemic reptile. On…