The beach Trou aux biches, Independence Day, Mauritius

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Watercolour of the beach Trou aux biches, Mauritius, Róisín Curé

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Limited edition print (200). Watercolour of the beach Trou aux biches. Area 147 x 104 mm. This painting was made in 2012 on the Indian ocean island of Mauritius.

Voted by World Travel Awards 2012 as the best beach in the world, the beach at Trou aux Biches is a little piece of heaven. Just a few feet off the shore you encounter a teeming mass of tropical wonder, without any biting sorts of fish which might spoil the fun. Apart from the Picasso trigger fish: they are beautiful, colourful fish, which are intensely territorial, and give you a nip if they think you are too close to their nest. The worst they can do is make you bleed. Their cousin, an enormous trigger fish which lives on the other side of the reef, can take a finger. I painted this on Mauritian Independence Day, which is why there are more Mauritians in the water than usual. They never go into the sea on their own or in twos…perhaps they’re trying to confuse the trigger fish by their numbers.