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(Left to right) Angelina Brown, Amelia Lamie, Ashley Gooden, Save Parchment and Jada Bodden
Five contestants for the Cayman Islands Miss Teen Pageant, Angelina Brown, Amelia Lamie, Ashley Gooden, Save Parchment and Jada Brown visited Cayman Turtle Centre as part of their tour of the Cayman Islands. Ms. Stephanie Scott, Chairperson of the Miss Teen Committee explained the purpose of the tour: “Today the young ladies are on their Cultural Tour; because part of being Miss Teen means that you have to have an understanding about your country and what your country offers, because you are an ambassador for your country.”
The contestants had already seen several other interesting places, including Pedro St. James. As soon as they arrived, they were welcomed by expert tour guide, Joseph Betty, who began at the Breeder Pond, where all the big turtles are kept. They all took their photos there, before moving on to see Smiley, the hybrid crocodile. Next, Mr. Betty took them all to see the Kemp’s Ridley turtles, which are actually the rarest turtles in the world, before everyone had the opportunity to hold some young turtles at the Touch Tanks. It was a great photo-op!
Afterwards, Ashley Gooden said: “I was a bit scared of taking the turtle out of the water but it was a nice experience because I’ve never held a turtle before.” At the Caribbean Free Flight Aviary, each of the ladies got the chance to hand-feed some of the beautiful birds such as the bright yellow bananaquits or the graceful Scarlet Ibis, with the Aviary’s William Chisholm telling them all about the birds and exactly how they feed in the wild. Angelina Brown said: “Today is a very great day, I’ve learnt a lot and I’ve had a lot of new experiences and I’m really enjoying it. What I liked best was finding out all the things that I didn’t know before.”
Everyone enjoyed a lovely lunch at Schooners Bar & Grill before going home.
At Predator Reef (Left to right) Angelina Brown, Ashley Gooden, Save Parchment, Amelia Lamie, and Jada Bodden
The Centre’s Tour Guide Joseph Betty showed the young ladies around
Ashley and Jada feed the Scarlet Ibis