Tuesday, November 24, 2009

旅遊南美洲秘魯:【與海獅嬉泳】 / Travel to Peru, South America:【Frolicking with Sea Lions】


「兩週一聚」十一月專題 : 「旅遊大事小記」之【與海獅嬉泳】 / 2weeks1gather's 「Monthly Feature for November」【Frolicking with Sea Lions】

在2008年2月尾至3月中在秘魯旅遊時, 曾坐船由El Callao卡亞俄海港出發,探訪離岸直線約10公里,在太平洋中海獅聚集的 Palomino群島。因為途中經過的大島 Isla San Lorenzo 是軍警禁區,所以船長要繞道而行,不敢太靠近封鎖線。據他說多年前,囚禁在島上監獄內的反政府份子(「光明之路」Sendero Luminoso 和「圖帕克-阿馬魯革命行動」游擊隊MRTA)發難暴動,上任強人 阿爾韋托•藤森謙也 Alberto Ken'ya Fujimori 拒絕談判,下令軍机轟炸,把監獄與犯人一併毀滅,移為平地。但現在藤森自己也在監獄服刑,南美國家的政治也是複雜!!

船長把小輪繞道過了禁區之後,在Palomino群島中找了一個下錨的地方,跟著叫我們跳進海裏,和海獅一起游泳。雖然我水性不差,在渥太華有「自由里泳」的訓練基礎,但這波濤洶湧的海洋,和加拿大平靜的湖泊河川比較,卻是有天淵之別。再者,那些海獅身体龐大 (維基百科: 雄獅身体可長達2.73米及重至350多公斤),如果它們想要咬我一口,或扯著要我和各獅兄丶獅妹潛水嬉戲,我寡不敵众,沒頂被溺的机会什高。就在我猶豫不决之際,其它遊客已像投崖旅鼠一樣,噗通丶噗通的投海「自殺」去了!! 唉,為了保存「唐人」的面子声譽,我也只有硬著頭皮,跟著他們跳將下去!!

媽呀!那海水寒冷如冰,白頭浪有兩米多高,我想到中國古訓《增廣賢文》有云:『煩惱皆因強出頭』,這次為了呈強,会不会弄到自己性命不保??!不過那些海獅倒是非常和善,在我前後左右翻跟斗嬉戲,它們是好奇的動物,有好几次和我面对面的看了一回兒,或許南美族的海獅是從未遇見過亞洲人罷!!正当我玩得興起之際,猛然發覺暗潮已把我推向島岸的嶙峋怪石,而小輪卻被海浪拋開離我数十米之遙,就在這危急關頭,善泳的船長在浪中冒出頭來,一手抽著我的救生衣,毫不費力地把我拖回船上,跟著他又跳回海裏,救援其他船友。

在小輪慢慢地離開Palomino群島的時候,我實在感到有點依依不捨,我多么渴望能像海獅一樣,在大自然碧海藍天中過那無憂無慮的生活。我回頭一看,有些嬉戲的海獅還像兵捉賊的在追逐我們,在驚濤駭浪中,它們很像一群好玩的水孩子。

Photo Credit 攝影图片: I took all the photos except the first one.

Related links:
* Please see my other blog articles and photographs on "旅遊南美洲秘魯 / Travel to Peru, South America"
* Other 「兩週一聚」 articles: http://2weeks1gather.wordpress.com/

References:
* "South American Sea Lion" Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_American_Sea_Lion

14 comments:

michelle said...

hey Haricot: very beautiful photos, very interesting experience, and nice article :D i like it ! "為了保存「唐人」的面子声譽,我也只有硬著頭皮,跟著他們跳將下去" 哈哈,感謝你冒生命危險來保衛我們黃皮膚的臉子 :D

Kempton said...

Beautiful pictures. 好一句"「唐人」的面子",哈哈。好彩冇物東瓜豆腐。

想當年去咗急流玩,有處地方可以比我地游游水。我心寫住個勇字就去游,差D攪出東瓜豆腐!那次跟"「唐人」的面子"完全無關。哈哈。

Anonymous said...

Oh, and the smell...! Once in a life time experience! Funny Samantha Brown on Travel Channel just introduced Peru this morning. A British friend of mine went there years ago. He was able to take photos with some tribal people, now I wonder what it was all about.

exile

啤酒花™_J said...

Haricot,

I will jump too!!! cos u won't know when is your next trip, next opportunity to swim with the cute cute cute (ugly but adorable) sea lions!!! Once in a life time - GRAB it before it slips away, never hesitate to do the RIGHT choice. I know myself too well - I will regret if I don't as I love ugly but adorable things!!! haha

新鮮人 said...

咁多海獅!!
場面好壯觀,
我就未必會下海,
太危險了!

微豆 Haricot said...

Michelle: The difference btwn a zero and a hero is a very fine line ;-)

微豆 Haricot said...

Kempton: 貓有九命,不知人有多少?!!

微豆 Haricot said...

Exile: I am not sure how deep your friend went into the jungle to find tribal peoples. The ones I saw in Peru, they were dressing up for the tourists (just like those Roman soldiers posing outside the Coliseum in Italy).

微豆 Haricot said...

啤酒花™_J:

>> ... Once in a life time GRAB
it before it slips away

I understand what you mean. I guess when I looked at the waves and the size of the sea-lions, my self-preservation instinct kicked in. As it turned out, I had a great time :)

微豆 Haricot said...

新鮮人:

>> 場面好「壯」觀

好采無出事,無「葬」身魚腹 !!

Sam said...

Very lovely photos! Thanks for sharing!

微豆 Haricot said...

Sam: Glad to learn you like the photos !!

Sam said...

:) I want to go.

微豆 Haricot said...

Sam: It is fall/winter down there now. Summer in Peru is nice.

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