01.26.2015 - 01.26.2015 79 °F
So - here we are again, in the "Tuna Capital of the World". Seriously. The Tuna don't have a chance! Fleets of these ships go out with their very large nets and use a helicopter (see it?) to spot the schools of fish. They are netted, winched up the back of the ship and frozen in the hold.
The number one souvenir in Ecuador is the Panama hat (made in nearby Montecristi, but the name stuck during the building of the Panama Canal when workers were provided with thousands of hats).
Today was an even shorter day in port - and the ship's shuttle brought folks to a nearby mall if they didn't choose to take a shore excursion.
Back at the ship - we sailed before 1pm! Historically, Manta is the port used by a French mission in 1735. The astronomers were seeking to establish the location of the equator, which they did along with measuring the circumference of the earth. We will cross the equator around 2am tonight.
The view from our room
Shouldn't be any trouble having sushi tonight!
Yes, we spent a lot of time watching this whole operation!
When you shop in Manta, you are not simply admonished to recycle your plastic bag, but you get really good "reuse" suggestions!