Day 15: 1/12/11- Rain Again

True or false- It rains in the rainforest? True…non-debatable. We had some downpours today and I guess you could say the river is a bit high. This is a photo of the rainforest I took at the field station from the bridge over the river.

The Rio Puerto Viejo is a tad bit high! This is from a bridge crossing the river in the middle of the rainforest.

When it rains like this it’s not safe to snorkel as the rivers are super high and fast. Even if it was safe, they are the color of coffee and I wouldn’t be able to see anything. Now, this doesn’t mean the day is devoid of fish. It actually was full of fish, jumping right in front of me. When it rains and there are temporary pools of water in the rainforest it makes for a great time hunting down Kilifish, specifically Rivulus species here. They bury themselves in the mud to avoid drying out and come out when it rains to live and spawn in the temporary pools. These guys were jumping everywhere trying to get from one pool to another.

Rivulus sp. from the La Selva Field Station

Rivulus sp. from the La Selva Field Station

During the storms today a banana tree fell. This was interesting as it drew in about 25 Peccaries to feast on bananas. Peccaries are territorial feeders and you could hear males trying to intimidate each other mashing their teeth together. Something that was unexpected and totally gross was one Peccary ate a little to much banana, and well, vomited. Even more gross was the same peccary then tried to re-consume the puke and another peccary even came in for a taste. I guess nature is not always pretty. The best way to describe it was it was two Peccaries, one Banana.

Peccaries feasting on bananas from a fallen banana tree.

Ham on the run! This Peccary is trying to get to the feast.

I went to the swamp tonight because all the rain draws out frogs. It was a successful night and I saw an interesting tree frog species as well as a Valliant Frog.

Vaillant Frog (Rana vaillanti)

Smilisca Tree Frog

Hopefully tomorrow will have better weather. If not, we might plan a trip to hit the Northeast of the country by the Nicaraguan border.

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