Coco Martin flies away

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Greetings, sailors! Welcome to Callonges harbour. This was the haunt of a great bandit of the seas and a long-standing friend of mine: William the Pirate! The only thing bloodthirsty about this pirate is his name, as he's retired nowadays. If he's still sailing, it's only for the joy of fishing...

Captain! William has lost a little parrot. Coco Martin is his name. The old man is desperate... We must help him find his bird!

Parking spot near the starting point: N 45°17.08' / W 00°41.894'

The lock-keeper's house (N45° 17.099' / W000° 41.748')

Let's go and look in William's usual hangouts... The lock-keeper's house used to be a haunt of his. Ah, not to hide his treasure there! He kept his weapons safe there.

Hi, buddies! Coming to cool off by the canal? It's separated from Callonges Harbour by a lock. It stops the Estuary's briny water, half fresh, half salty, from coming inland at high tide. Ingenious, isn't it?

Tell me, Zéïdon, have you seen a parrot by any chance?

You must be talking about Coco Martin? Sorry but no... Haven't seen one for a while.

What's William the pirate's lucky weapon? To find it, take the first letter on each of the weapons depicted on the wall of the lock-keeper's house. Is it:
1- A net (“épuisette”)
2- A harpoon (“harpoon”)
3- A bow (“arc”)
Note the number of the correct answer.

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of A : A =_____

Cross the footbridge over the canal.

Sailors' knots (N45° 17.113' / W000° 41.808')

Now let's head for the harbourmaster's office! Coco Martin might be waiting for his owner there… [BOOM] Ow! Who left this bit of rope lying around?

Oops ! It was me, Zisséo, sorry! I'm practising tying sailors' knots. It's not easy because each one has a special purpose. Take the stopper knot, for example. It stops the end of a rope from coming undone or slipping out of a narrow passage. And the hitch knot?! That's used for binding a rope to an object.

When you want to tie two ropes together, you do a bend knot. And if by misfortune they were to fray... No worries! A splice will solve the problem!

Which of the knots in the box is a stopper knot? Identify its position starting from the left (first, second, etc.).

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of B : B =_____

Coco Martin (N45° 17.104' / W000° 41.936')

Here we are at the harbourmaster's office! Let's ask my second in command, the lieutenant, if he's seen anything... It's bad news. Neither he, the powder monkeys nor the chief cook have seen Coco Martin.


They're the members of my crew, Zahan! The powder monkeys are children whose very narrow fingers can fit inside the barrels of the guns... The chief cook is in charge of the kitchen.

Callonges harbour welcomes pleasure boats and fishing boats. You might see yoles or fishing boats called "libellules" (meaning "dragonflies") there! They look like they're about to fly off with their big nets, known locally as "haveneaux!" These boats are mainly used to fish for prawns or elvers, the young of the eel, also known as "glass eels".

Let's go and see where William usually catches fish! Coco Martin might be there...

How many scales surround the name of the Coco Martin Pontoon?

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of C : C =_____

Fishing corner (N45° 17.098' / W000° 42.071')

Many fish live in the Estuary's water: the European sturgeon, protected since 1982, meagre, mullet, alosa...

I'm a typical estuary fish. I don't grow any bigger than a metre long. William the Pirate chose my name for his boat. Who am I?
1- The eel (“l'anguille”)
2- The lamprey (“la lamproie”)
3- The sturgeon “(l'esturgeon”)
4- The meagre (“le maigre”)
Note the number of the correct answer.

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of D : D =_____
To find me, be careful where you tread. Also use the sign, at the end of the jetty.

Hoist the black flag! (N45° 17.096' / W000° 41.903')

Jolly Roger's a nice name. It refers to the famous black flag with a skull on it, displayed by William the Pirate's ship! Originally, it was a different colour. At that time it was called "joli rouge", which meant "no quarter".

Flags are to pirates what coats of arms are to municipalities! Callonges Harbour straddles two of them. Saint-Ciers-sur-Gironde, and Braud et Saint-Louis. Look a little closer at this stele...

There's a duck on the coat of arms of Braud et Saint-Louis! I hope Coco hasn't flown off with his web-footed friendz...

Spot the odd one out! What item does not appear on Braud et Saint-Louis' coat of arms?
1- A fish
2- A bunch of asparagus
3- A church
4- A scallop

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of E : E =_____

The Gironde Estuary (N45° 17.048' / W000° 42.121')

Here's another corner where William likes to come and fish... The "carrelet", or fishing hut! That's the name of this little cabin on stilts... Be careful not to fall in the water when crossing the footbridge! But rest assured, matey, the handrail is there to stop you from falling. Like on ships, the rail, made of wood or metal, stopped people from going overboard during high sea swells.

The harbour is between the Gironde Estuary and the Blayais marshes. In the distance, you can see the beginning of an archipelago, with Patiras island...

Opposite the closest fishing hut, on the other bank, is a village. But which one is it?
1- Saint-Estèphe
2- Royan
3- Pauillac
4- Saint-Christoly-du-Médoc
Note the number of the correct answer.

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of F : F =_____

Terres d'Oiseaux (N45° 17.053' / W000° 42.012')

Eureka! There's only one place where Coco Martin could have taken refuge... At the "Terres d'Oiseaux" bird park! The surrounding marshes are very important nature reserves for migrant and sedentary birds. There are over 130 bird species in the park, like the black-winged stilt, the purple heron...

The parrot? Of course I saw him go by! It caught my attention, in fact, as you don't see them round here every day... I even saw a European otter and a viperine snake, just this morning!

What's the name of the Terres d'Oiseaux reception building? Count the number of letters in these two words.

Write this number down. It is the equivalent of G : G =_____

The blue fishing hut (N45° 17.063' / W000° 41.918')

Thank you for your help, Zarthus. Coco is in the bird sanctuary, that's for sure! But where...

This play area features a blue fishing hut. There is a wheel hidden inside with pirate-themed items. Match the pairs to find the parrot-related item.
1- A mermaid
2- A saber
3- A barrel
4- A bottle of rum
Note the number of the correct answer.

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of H : H =_____

Panoramic tower (N45° 17.057' / W000° 41.779')

Climb to the top of the tower.

This big egret reminds me of the figurehead on William's ship! It's a beautiful carved wooden mermaid, who protects the ship...

Most importantly, she's showing us Coco Martin's hiding place! Thank you, my lass, our flighty bird has been located!

How many feathers did the parrot leave behind him? Look carefully all around!

Write this digit down. It is the equivalent of I : I =_____
C’est un chiffre impair.

The cache!

"Away, boarrrrders... Away, boarrrrders!"

Shh! Really, Zisséo, do be quiet! You'll frighten Coco away if he hears you.

Blistering barnacles, I didn't say anything?!

To free Coco Martin, you have to unlock the padlock. The code corresponds to the answers to the riddles: I-C-A. Take care to put everything back in place when you leave. Be sure to lock the padlock.

« Attention geocaching friends ! No need to lift rocks, pick walls apart, or uproot plants... the cache is most likely there, right before your eyes! Remember that your quest must remain environmentally friendly ! Thank-you ! »

To free Coco Martin, you have to unlock the padlock. The code corresponds to the answers to the riddles: I-C-A. Take care to put everything back in place when you leave. Be sure to lock the padlock.

Cache coordinates: N45° (F)7.0(E)5' / W000° (Cx2)(B).(AxH)(I)(G/D)'
 The mystery word is written in the log book, inside the container

Well done, you have found the cache!
See you soon for more adventures!

Contact :

Office de Tourisme de Ciers sur Gironde
2 les nouvelles possessions
05 57 32 88 88

Terr'Aventurers' comments

26 jan 2022

Jacques87 has found the cache

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26 jan 2022

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24 jan 2022

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23 jan 2022

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musclos has found the cache

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