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leatherback turtles costa rica

We spotted these turtle tracks on Carrillo Beach yesterday morning.

leatherback turtles costa rica

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?

turtle hatch playa carrillo

At Playa Carrillo this morning, we came across small turtle tracks, the evidence of hatchlings scrambling towards the surf.

olive ridley turtles playa carrillo costa rica

It looks like at least 25 of them foiled the poachers, the dogs, and the vultures to reach the sea.

b- frog

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.

howler monkey samara costa rica

A rare sight in Samara – a monkey on the ground.  As we stopped to open the gate, he climbed up onto our gate post.  As he scrambled away on a phone line, we saw a bit of a limp.  he must have fallen because it’s very rare to see Howler Monkeys on the ground.

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.