Wings and Jaws: Day 4
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Getting used to the 6am starts now - woke up a few minutes before the bell sounded! This morning, our last Pantanal activity, we took a short walk through the dense wooded area accompanied by the campsite dog. We came to a little riverside beach where we did a spot of piranha fishing. We were crap. Our guide caught 6 fish, an American lad we were with caught one and Simon and I didn´t catch any!! We both nearly got one but each time the piranha mananged to riggle free and bounce back into the river! It was nice to stand on the river-beach and soak up the warmth of the morning sun but fishing is quite a boring thing to do. All very exciting for the first 3 minutes when you can feel the fishies taking a bite at the bait but then it gets very dull. Baronessa, the campsite dog, had the right idea; curling up in the shade and snoozing.
Back to camp for lunch where Paulo cooked up ´our´catch and we ate the piranha along with our usual lunch fare. We were gutted when another group who had been fishing at a different part of the river, got a huge platter of about 20 fish cooked up for them. One of the group said they were all catching so many fish they ended up putting loads back. Huh. The piranha were very tasty and the kitten enjoyed the leftovers. The mother cat ate an entire fish, teeth, skull, bones and all. That was on Day 2 and we didn´t see her again after that....
After lunch and another Brazil v Mixed match (Mixed won, yay!!) we began the long bumpy drive back to the park entrance where we met up with the lodge people again, and then the very, very long drive back to Campo Grande. Our Pantanal experience has come to an end.