We arrived after 2 hour tractor trailer ride out of the bush plus 3-4 hrs on private bus and then 1.5 hrs on river boat atlast around noon. In the afternoon and after lunch we took another boat to Tortuguero town. It’s on an island that it’s back door is the Caribbean Sea. It’s not at all like the turquoise water I’m used to seeing but pounding waves like on the pacific side.
Johnny …our guide of waters of Tortuguero National park
80 km north of Limon
Tortuguero national park is 76,000 hectares, another eco park north of here….. together total 130,000 hectares incl water areas
Jesus Christ iguana
Howler monkey family
Green heron… littlest. Not green but eggs are
Blue heron turns white in 6-7 months .. not to be confused with snowy egret.
Wild almond tree aka ironwood… huge can live 400-500 yrs
Little itty bitty bats on almond called ”long nose bats”
Beautiful but deadly trees…. mimosa… somewhat kacy leaves will kill fish if cut and sap goes into water… leaves close at night
Songsreef…little brown bird
Needlebill… anihas… spear the fish
2yr old cayman in the floating grass
Spoonbill night heron …family with babies … beautiful…. quite large.
Family of baby Caymans… sun bathing. ….twitching away flies
2-toed sloth….blob up in mimosa tree
Bamboo brought from Asia as support for banana trees… now all over. When bananas get heavy with fruits will collapse because banana is 80% water.
Heliconia plant 32 varieties in CR… used as ornamentals…. similar to banana leafs
Spider monkey Central American brown monkey… long tail for hanging on when reach for food. Saw but no picture of small black river turtle
Cocoas… green hanging
Bloodwood or “antiseptic” tree … half circle to scoop leaves …composting. For making drums
more spider monkey… 12-14 only in troupe
Can hear Oro-pendulum Montezuma bird but could’t see it. Did later
Finally a 3-toed sloth on the move
Nefula spider web used for bulletin proof vests
Alligator tree also antiseptic tree… got spikes.
Turtles 1.5 metres across…350 kilo in weight.
Jaquar’s feed on turtles not eggs