Running on the beach

I am staying near Florianopolis for the next couple of weeks while I represent the UK at meetings of groups working for ACAP – the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels. I spent yesterday in a fruitless search for a bicycle to rent (there are yellow street bikes, but a quick check found I would be too tall for them). So this morning I went for a run on the beach – below high tide the sand is hard and good to run on. Coming back I came across this group of fishermen hauling in their beach seine (many had arrived on their bicycles!). They were catching two species of fish whose identity I have not yet established. Just offshore were two bottlenose dolphins and overhead the kelp gulls were taking quite an interest. There are obviously smaller fish here too – patrolling yellow-billed terns could not take fish of this size.

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