The White Lobster: Found Cocaine and the Economy of Bluefields, Nicaragua
This morning I got sucked into a fascinating story about Bluefields, Nicaragua. Due to its location (halfway between Columbia and the US), a lot of drug smugglers pass by. Oftentimes, when the smugglers are fleeing authorities… they end up throwing the drugs overboard, effectively getting rid of the evidence.
Those bales of cocaine float, and the currents bring them west right into the chain of islands, beaches and cays which make up the huge lagoons that surround Bluefields on Nicaragua’s Atlantic coast…
Hujo Sugo, a historian of Bluefields, says the floating coke has created a new local hobby.
“People here now go beachcombing for miles, they walk until they find packets. Even the lobster fisherman now go out with the pretence of fishing but really they are looking for la langosta blanca – the white lobster.”
The article is pretty engaging, although it takes this really weird turn on page 4 and just… ends, abruptly. Other than that though, a good read.