- If your body is losing lots of salt through perspiration, and freshwater supplies are limited, you may dilute your ration with 20%-40% salt water. This will replenish the depleted salt in your body, conserve the fresh water, and slake your thirst. Feel free as well to take plenty of morning and evening dips in the possibly shark-infested waters to keep the skin cool.
- No need to starve to death, even if fish aren't constantly circling your raft or flipping up onto the raft itself, as Heyerdahl and his compadres experienced. They simply dragged a fine-mesh net behind the boat and trapped plankton. Toss out the phytoplankton, keep the zooplankton, and you're set. Heyerdahl compares the tiny micro-shrimp to "shrimp paste." Hey, it works for whales.
- To satisfy both hunger and thirst, should time be an issue, put a fish in a piece of cloth and just suck on it, raw. (This may have inspired that nasty baby product where you put any piece of food you're too lazy to cook and puree into this mini-bag and give it to the baby to suck on.)
- Don't harpoon whale sharks in the head. This ticks them off.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Should You Be Thirsty on a Raft in the Pacific
There's plenty more to say about the SCBWI Conference (see previous post), but I've chosen to preempt that with Important Survival Tips, should you be adrift on a raft in the ocean, awaiting rescue which may never come (did I mention I'm reading KON-TIKI by Thor Heyerdahl?).