Baby Sea Turtles and Crocodillos
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December 23rd, 2008 – by: Zymosis
Puttering up the river at a snail's pace, we saw countless birds. I'm no bird-watcher, but I think most of the big, white birds were egrets. We also saw countless other winged creatures, ranging from big, blue birds to tiny things that catch their food whilst diving underwater, and a lone iguana hunting on a termite mound.
Once we were an hour or so upriver, we landed the boat to explore the beach and search for baby sea turtles. No such luck - they generally only rush down to the water in the morning or the evening - but we did see the unmistakable sand marks of a big sea turtle wallowing up the beach to lay eggs. Aside from a nifty-looking dead lobster, a couple Portlanders, and a crap-ton of mosquito bites, it was just another deserted pacific coast beach.
On the boat ride back we stopped at a protected area of the reserve and were greeted with a surprise - actually, the surprise I'd had my fingers crossed for the whole trip: an entire litter of freshly hatched sea turtles.
With the reserve trip completed, we had a tasty lunch on the beach and got on the road back to Managua, where our flight for the Corn Islands departed from the following morning at 6am.
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