We saw some wonderful things today. We took a boat along the Tahuayo and saw some beautiful animals including dolphins.
We set out on the boat to go look for dolphins this morning. It was just us because Amie and Poppy had gone to do an interesting sport instead, piraña fishing. Less than ten minutes in on the boat we saw a hump come out of the water. There are only two seasons at the equator, the wet and the dry seasons, and it was the beginning of the dry. Most dolphins move to deeper water, like the Amazon during this time. This is because the small tributaries shrink during the dry season and it is shallower water. So there are not as many dolphins left in the Tahuayo at that time, but there are still some pink dolphins and gray dolphins. The gray dolphins appear like dolphins you may be familiar with, gray skin, big fin, etc. But the pink dolphins have pink skin, a hump instead of a fin, and legends of turning into humans. They are also an endangered species because they only live in the Amazon, and because locals will fish them for their meat.
We ended up seeing three dolphins (one pink, two gray) and I was suprised at the amount of attention and good sight our guides have. Not only with the dolphins, but I once looked up in the sky and said, “What are those?” Lander replied with, “Black Vultures.” I asked, “How do you know?” and he says, “I can see a white ring around his neck.” All I could see was this tiny silhouette of a big bird.
Once we had spent some time on the boat, we were told we could swim in the Tahuayo. Jasper and I had some trouble deciding if we wanted to go in, but we all end up doing it except Alex. He wanted to do, but had gotten some stitches on his foot, so he could not do it because of the risk of infection.