Checking out San San beach in Portland yesterday, a beach that is beautiful but unfortunately charges money to enter. $700JA ($7US) Took Jwyanza, my friends son, to show him where he can take tourists out to view marine life. Jamaica Naturally encourages locals to be pro-active in creating their own jobs through the natural talents they possess, along with the islands natural resources.
Jywanza is a gifted young man, who is a great swimmer and also really motivated to progress in life. I have known his family for over 3 decades. He attends the Lister Mair/Gilby High School for the Deaf in Kingston. He comes home to Portland on weekends and holidays, giving him an opportunity to make money through doing what he loves, to help pay school and boarding fees. He can be contacted directly on FB through this link. https://www.facebook.com/jwyanza.murdock?fref=ts He was born deaf, and has not let this stop him in any way to achieve. He is one of the star players on the school soccer team, loves fishing and swimming, and spending time in nature.
This was the first time he has gone a good distance out into calm sea, that was fairly deep at times, around 20-30 ft. Was my first time too. It was a beautiful experience. We saw a very big sting ray, lots of tropical fish, corals and sea urchins.
The University of the West Indies does research work at San San and the fish are everywhere,. They seem to have no problem with people swimming around them. Sea urchins (kina) black and white are in shallow areas among the seaweed, and in the rock crevices. Jamaican's do not eat kina, (at least I haven't met anyone that has or would so far). I have never eaten it, or collected it before. We put some in a bag and I unsuccessfully tried to get to the 'roe', the edible orange part of it. Thinking of all my kiwi friends in New Zealand who would be in kina heaven if they came to Jamaica..
I want to thank the wonderful staff at San San beach who were so positive and helpful to us, and also let Jwyanza know they support everything he is trying to do in order to advance in life. We had an amazing time. Please contact Jwyanza if you are interested in snorkeling in Portland, or just want to say hi.
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