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Diamonds And Dust: 56 - Chameis Bay

...Outside the caves were lots of scattered bones, skin, fur and bits and pieces...

Malcolm Bertoni tells of a strandwolf lair.

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Chameis Bay was a big bay with a rocky headland at the southern end. It was about 20 kms north of Affenrucken. The bay itself was sandy with a gently sloping beach. We often swam there as it was quite safe, with no strong currents. We went there often, especially when the big Greek freighter came ashore. There was a security post and gate just past Chameis Bay itself and about a km inland. The country was very rugged with undulating, rocky hills and outcrops that were very hard on the vehicles. We often stood on the hills overlooking the post. I donít think they ever knew we were there.

At the headland just south of Chameis Bay there were some caves. Outside the caves were lots of scattered bones, skin, fur and bits and pieces. It seemed that it was a strandwolf lair although they supposedly only lived in underground dens. We had Benís dog with us and he wouldnít go near the place so there was definitely something lurking in there.

North of Chameis Bay the coast became very rugged with steep cliffs for about 2 or 3 kms, and then there were about 2 or 3 kms of beach and then more steep cliffs interspaced by small beaches. There were also a few small rocky outcrops about 50 to 100 meters offshore against which the swells bashed spectacularly. It was a very treacherous shoreline and we could see why the old mariners feared this coast.
We probably drove about 35-40 kms north of Chameis Bay exploring the coastal areas, which would have been close to Bakerís Bay 50-60 kms up the coast. One of the bays was called van Reenens Bay Ė I would have loved to have known how the name came about. Iím sure there was a story behind it.


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