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The Kansas City Star
29 January 2005
I thoroughly enjoyed Lauren Chapin's Puerto Rico travel article (1/23, Travel, "That Puerto Rican glow").
I was born and raised in Puerto Rico and have been living here for almost eight years. I go back to the island on a yearly basis and have recently visited the amazing Bioluminiscent Bay in Vieques Island.
However, I would like your readers to know about a specific issue regarding these "biobays."
When the writer recommended applying plenty of mosquito spray, she needed to point out that mosquito repellents with Deet are prohibited. So please check the labels of your repellent. (For more information visit www.golden-heron.com/biobay.html ).
Ecologically friendly repellents may be provided to you by your bay tour; if not, they may be purchased on the island.
This is a very fragile ecosystem that needs all the help it can get.
I would encourage anyone to visit this amazing place. However, I want to make sure that it can be enjoyed by my children and future generations.
Editor's note: Chapin reports that the repellent she used was provided by her guide, who expressed his concern about the degradation of the bay. "And so I'm assuming he is environmentally sensitive," she said.