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Christian Stock

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Island Survival
« on: February 10, 2021, 07:47:41 AM »

While the Caribbean in January is much nicer than Gardner in July, I think it’s interesting that these 3 people, who swam ashore with little gear and probably no survival training, survived for 33 days on coconuts.

https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/deserted-island-rescue-coconuts-33-days/index.html
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Ric Gillespie

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Re: Island Survival
« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2021, 09:59:39 AM »

Couple questions that would make a big difference:
They were Cubans. Lots of coconuts in Cuba.  How familiar were these guys with coconuts, which ones to get, and how to open them?
It is possible open a coconut without a tool, but you really need to know what you're doing. ( I can't do it.)
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John Klier

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Re: Island Survival
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2021, 02:14:55 PM »

Wait... I thought you could make pies and all kinds of yummy things with just coconuts. That's not true? Ginger and Mary Ann wouldn't have tricked me like that. ;D
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Ross Devitt

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Re: Island Survival
« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2021, 08:41:43 AM »

It is possible open a coconut without a tool, but you really need to know what you're doing. ( I can't do it.)

You can Ric,  You just need to think about it.  You need a green nut to make it easier, and a rock (or a hard place).  It doesn't take a lot of thought to get the outside green bit cracked in a few places so the fibres inside are visible.
Once you do that, you can easily peel the green off with your fingers.  It is time consuming at first, but after a few nuts you barely think about it.
If you only want a drink, you bash around the end where the stem used to be, and strip as much as possible from there to expose the 3 soft eyes.  Otherwise, continue to strip the fibres until you have the nut.
Poke the eyes in with something and drink the water, then break the nut (on a green nut it is relatively soft) and eat the white stuff.  It tastes a little weird and fizzyish and rubbery at first, but you soon get used to it.

Contrary to rumour, coconut water is unlikely to give you the runs.  I have lived on coconut exclusively for a week at a time without ill effect other than weight loss when I was doing th' wombat experiments in castaway living years ago.
You might remember I sent you timed shots of opening a heap of coconuts and getting the juice, using only a little 2.5 inch blade Swiss Army Knife in 2015 or 2016 when I was living on a tropical island 18 miles off our coast, with no running fresh water for a couple of years.
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Ric Gillespie

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Re: Island Survival
« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2021, 08:55:43 AM »

LOL, you can do anything if you know how to do it.
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