Trinidad and Tobago celebrated 55 years of independence on August 31, 2017.

While the country has been noted for its crime rate, the country is still a lively place for events like its jazz festivals, the Great Race, and the Buccoo Goat Race. It is also a great place for those nature seekers who enjoy hiking and relaxing on beaches. Trinidad And Tobago also is a place where other islanders and Venezuelans come to in order to work and secure better lives for their families.

To celebrate the country’s Independence Day, there was a parade with pomp and flair, followed by fireworks and strangely enough ...

a swarm of locusts that wanted to join the celebratory Independence proceedings. A large green floating bush that looks like an island has even appeared in Icacos, one of the end points of Trinidad.

Interesting things have been happening in Trinidad and Tobago. Here are some of the things that occurred recently in August 2017.

Locusts in southeastern Trinidad

While many were out in their numbers watching the Independence Parade in Port of Spain and others viewed it on the television, residents of southeast Trinidad were surrounded by locusts. Moruga, Rio Claro, Ecclesville, and Agostini were all affected. Residents posted videos on Facebook showing the locusts even flying around the windshields of their cars, preventing them from comfortably leaving their vehicles.

Apparently, the health ministry personnel were having trouble spraying the locusts as they were flying too high. This is not the first time this year that locusts have invaded these areas. In May, there was a swarm that ate a lot of crops, causing a loss of thousands of dollars to farmers.

Mysterious island appears in Icacos

Fishermen who were relaxing in Icacos, Trinidad on August 31 spotted what appeared to be an island floating on the sea. The ‘island' was not there before and seemingly appeared during the night. Residents said that the large mass seemed to be moving, and they are uncertain where it could have come from.

Fishermen took to their boats and sailed as close as possible but could not detect any life on the giant buildup.

Union leader swims in protest

Trinidad and Tobago’s inter-island ferry service has been undergoing some major issues, which have hampered the flow of transport for vacationers and businessmen alike. As a form of protest, Watson Duke, the Public Services Association president decided to swim from Trinidad to Tobago. His idea was to give Tobago the necessary attention it deserved. He was met by heavy criticism as many felt he was putting himself at risk. However, he was supported by some fishermen and health officials.