Friday, August 4, 2017

Humanitarian Aid Flight DIAP to DITB

It's started raining and I'm glad for the few days off until things dry out. Landing on dirt is OK, but six inches of sticky mud is a non-starter.

This flight was done several day ago and I just got time to post it. Abidjan Ivory Coast to Tabou, same country.

Off the ground at DIAP and rocking in a gust of wind. On our way to Tabou, about two hours up the coast.

Another shot just out of Abidjan. Nice clear sea down there--more on that later.

This and next two: Shots of the left pattern arrival at Tabou. Nice city from the air but a later tour on the ground showed the grinding poverty and desperate conditions under which the citizens live. MSF is needed here too.

Seconds to go. As we got lower in altitude I could see what seemed to be swarming but sizable fish a few hundred yards off shore. I asked one of the rampies at the airport what they were and he laughed and said they were "the sharks", like they were a part of the local scenery. Turns out they were indeed. Nurse sharks.

Nurse sharks tend to congregate like that to feed and are (thankfully) not known to be man eaters, preferring fish, shrimp and squid. I suppose one might be forced to bite if stepped on or something. Big ones (and I could see some big ones from the plane) can be 15 feet in length.

I didn't go swimming while in Tabou.

1 comment:

TachyonDriver said...

Great flight, Dan. The world always seems much better from up there...