We spotted these turtle tracks on Carrillo Beach yesterday morning.
The wide spacing between the fins suggests a very large nesting female,
probably a rare and endangered Leatherback Turtle rather than our more common Olive Ridley. Comments?
We’ve had some very low tides lately on the Pacific coast, in Samara.
Steve and I took advantage of one of them to walk around Punta Samara, from Playa Samara to Playa Buena Vista. Read More
Every year, we see a crab crossing at Playa Carrillo just like this. I think these crabs are related and display the same behavior as seen in the Caribbean.
You know you live in Costa Rica when you’re awakened in the pre-dawn by glass crashing to the floor and upon inspection you find that a fist-sized frog has been kicking delicates off the shelf.
In the spirit of truth in reporting, I must disclose that it wasn’t my house and it was a beer bottle instead of a wine glass. But you get the idea. And the cat was innocent.
So, yesterday afternoon, when I arrived home, I witnessed the unusual even of a Howler Monkey on the ground. Today, there were three males – that’s unusual in itself, I think – traversing the pavement in front of my gate near Samara, Costa Rica. Two climbed the fence, leaped the tree, and continued on down the road along the phone line. The third, confused perhaps by my arrival, ran across my yard and disappeared into the thicket.
The sky is BLACK. We are expecting rain. And more . . . . .
Coincidence? I think not.
Yesterday morning, when I returned from my beach walk, I sat down to enjoy a second cup of copy.
In the few minutes I sat on a stool at the kitchen counter, the house was invaded by “cleaner ants”. Read More
While Dan was hiking through Rincon de la Vieja National Park, he found this Coati (sometimes called Cotamundi) but known as Pizote in Costa Rica. They’re cute but vicious and quite aggressive beggars.
In the second part, you can see that he’s walking among the steam vents in the thermal section of the park. Rincon de la Vieja is an easy park to get to, just 3 hours from Casa Mango and Casa Papaya but makes a better overnight than a single day trip.
That’s what my sister used to say to my brother when they were both in high school – it means “lazy” in Spanish. But now I know it also means Sloth. With his video camera, Dan found a pair in the woods near Tenorio Volcano.
Tenorio is another great National Park where you can see lots of animals on the face of the mostly extinct volcano.