April 11, 2009
WHITE HOUSE BAY, down on the SE Peninsula of St. Kitts is where we anchored just right of the above photo. It was a beautiful anchorage and not rolly at all. We loved it and feel grateful to be here before the 2,500 acre development takes off (the lots are surveyed) and a marina is built . . .
There’s Moody Blues anchored on the bottom right of the photo.
The Green or Vervet Monkeys have lived on St. Kitts for over 400 years and run free along this peninsula. The monkeys were originally brought here by French settlers with their slaves from East Africa between 1560 and 1650 writes Stephen J. Pavlidis in his A Crusing Guide to The Leeward Islands. He says the monkeys outnumber the humans on the island by over 3:1, and the population of St. Kitts is over 36,000 people. That makes 100,000 monkeys!
Above is Max. Isn’t he cute? And look at his fingernails, just like ours. (Did you notice the greenish belly in the right hand photo two up?)
Max is a year old, and I loved holding him as Pat, s/v SoCal SoGood looks on. Note the big ear!
This monkey first nibbled on Gene’s fingers. “Just a pinch,” the monkey’s owner said.
Rich, s/v SoCal SoGood, got a kick out of the monkey too. Apparently they don’t have tails that allow them to swing around in tall trees. But as you can see in the photo below, their tails are long.
Taking a walk on the peninsula we spotted wild monkeys.
(This post is dedicated to our nephew, Trey Gearhart, who when young said to Gene, “ Your a monkey’s uncle!” And Gene replied, “Yep, I sure am!” It’s been a family joke ever since. )