February 3, 2015 | REBELS WITH A CAUSE | St. John, U.S.V.I
You can’t come all the way to the Virgin Islands without having some fun. Andrea Leland, Founder of the St. John Film Society, took us out on her little motorboat to snorkel. In one area in a protected bay, we swam in healthy coral, some of the hard kind was shaped like a brain, and the soft kind was in constant movement, like the fan shaped coral furling and unfurling in the current. We saw some fish, mostly small, many colorful. When we swam back to the boat I saw the biggest fish I have ever seen. The others were climbing up the ladder into the boat, but when it swam away, I followed it, chased it really. It stopped, turned, and looked at me—it was thrilling, we were almost nose-to-nose, and I was looking at his mouth thinking “Are those teeth?” when a guy who was on the boat yelled “Get away from that fish, get out of the water!” Turned out the fish was a barracuda…that night I looked up barracuda in a fish book and opinions are very mixed about whether they are curious or dangerous…weighing heavily on the “just curious” side, so I’m glad I was curious too.
Post by OSIP touring filmmaker, Nancy Kelly.
To listen to a podcast interview with the filmmaker, click here.