Monday, July 14, 2014

Most Exciting Event of Amazon Watershed Trip

This may not seem like it, but it was the most exciting part of our trip to the Amazon Jungle.

We did NOT get to see the elusive jaguar. Going to Tambopata gives you pretty good odds of seeing a Jaguar (they estimate that 13% of their guests get to see one. Our guide told us he sees one about every 10 days to two weeks).

The odds of these guys? Tambopata lists them at 2% but our guide told us this was his third or fourth spotting in 10 years of guiding.

That's right - those are Anacona. Take a good look to the right of the photo and you'll see the female's body starting to drop down the riverbank to the water. It's hard to tell from this photo but that body is MASSIVE.

The big one is the female but there are two smaller ones visible as well. Those are the males. That's right, this is a breeding ball.

They stayed in a visible spot on the river bank for 2 or 3 days. We were lucky enough to see them while heading upriver to the research center.

I know the only people who get excited about seeing Anaconda are biology geeks but I'm a biology geek and I got real excited!

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