24 November 2009


Beej, I am sorry about omitting the iguana photos yesterday. I was rushed at the internet café, and the sweat was dripping off my nose. Here he is:

The last picture above is not of our favorite iguana. It is a picture of our favorite bartender, Carlos. Carlos has done a littl rehab, also. Consequently, he and I get along well.

Carlos has explained a bit to us about the wildlife. Iguanas, turtles, deer, and many snakes are protected here. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of resources available for enforcement. He explained that the iguana population has dropped drastically over the last ten years. First, they are tasty. Second, iguana blood is valued as a medicine for babies by the Mexicans.

Next, he explained that the creature Allyson had seen earlier in the ocean was a crocodile. Crocodiles are fresh water creatures, but they venture out into saltwater for no more than an hour at a time. (I understand full well that you are not believing a word I write here. So be it. I am telling you the truth.)

Contrary to your visual image, if you have not looked at a map, our beach runs more east and west than it does north and south. We walked down to the east end this morning to check out the home of the crocodiles in a fresh water lagoon there about 100 meters from the sea. Allyson and I saw one immediately. About five or six feet.

Allyson in front of the lagoon, curious and terrified.

The lagoon further in.

The bay in front of the lagoon.

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We had fresh clams and fresh shrimp on the barbie in the dead of night last night. Frank has his headlamp on.


MM said...

Does your favorite bartender "Carlos" ever go by the name "Abel?"

You're having waaaay too much fun!!

Beej said...

Oh he is gorgeous! And I think he's bigger than mine are but not by a whole lot. How is he different from your favorite iguana? I cant believe anyone would eat an Iguana. How barbaric. I wonder if the rings on its tail mean anything, like its age..himm. (lizards are totally taotally awesome creatures. )Thank you for posting the photos.

And is that a crab??? Im surprised you didnt throw him on the fire. Or is he protected?

Wow. Just wow.