sea creature dangers
Despite the nearness of the raft deck' to the water Mr. Heyerdahl anticipates little trouble from the creatures of the deep, except possibly in the first stages of the voyage. During the first few nights out from the little port of JIo on the southern coast of Peru from which they are to depart he expects the raft to proceed through" schools of giant squid, which come to the surface at night to feed. Huge octopuslike creatures, they have ten arms each, some of them 20 feet long and very powerful. Mr. Heyerdahl hes taken into account the crance that as the raft makes its way through them, some may reach aboard, or even take hold of the raft since they have been known to grasp whales in their great tentacles. Against this possibility fie and his companions will carry machetes, heavy knives for chopping, with which to cut off arms of the giant squid which try to take hold of them or the raft "As for sharks,'- he said, "I am not very much 'afraid of them If any want to come up and scratch themselves against the raft, let them. We will not attack except when we need them for fooi "