What is the Devil's Mouth in the book The Cay by Theodore Taylor?

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In The Cay by Theodore Taylor, Phillip and his mother are leaving for Miami and on to Norfolk, their hometown in America. They are leaving because Curacao, where Phillip's father works on a refinery, is no longer safe. The ship will sail to Colon at the entrance to the Panama Canal first to make a delivery of four pumps. It is 1942, and it is war time. The ship they are traveling on is torpedoed. Phillip and his mother scramble to make their way to the lifeboats, but the boat tips and after several hours in the water, there is no sign of Phillip's mother. There is only Timothy, whom Phillip describes as "a huge, very old Negro."

An unlikely friendship develops between Phillip and Timothy as they try to survive their ordeal on a small raft. Timothy tries to reassure Phillip and they continue to drift. Phillip is...

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The Devil's Mouth is a large seris of coral reefs that surround many small cays.  It is treacherous for ships and fishing boats so the small islands are not easily navigated.

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