Because of the rain today we traveled west towards Rio Jaco with a stop at the Rio Machuca along the way. At Rio Machuca there is only one cichlid, Tomocichla sieboldii. It’s a pretty looking location variant and I saw a few pair with fry guarding them in the swift current. I’d have liked to post videos, but every time I try to load one, you tube tells me an unknown error ocurred, so sorry, no videos.
On our way to Rio Jaco we stopped at the Rio Tarcoles. This was not a stop to snorkel though as it most likely would have ended with death. The Rio Tarcoles is known for its Crocodiles which are found all over its muddy banks. This is the same river that National Geographic and Discovery channel film Central American Crocodile footage at.
We finally arrived in Jaco, and the Rio Jaco was a disappointment. It was dry. We decided to call it a day. As we arrived back at the field station we were greated by a bunch of station workers who told us the river flooded while we were away and they had to move us. This is a slight problem as I’m now isolated from my clean clothing and valuables as the building I was living in has essentially been isolated from the rest of the station and turned into an island. Here is a pic of the bridge I have to cross to get to my room usually. It is usually around 15-20 feet above water. Here you can see it is about 2 inches.
All in all an interesting day. Sadly, I think it means the end of doing fieldwork on this trip.