Costa Rica Dolphin & Ecology 12-Day Adventure — Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Topical Tapirs (By Anwhei Kirk)

Today was all about animals. We all woke up at 6:15 so that we could be hiking by 7:30. While that may not have happened due to several problems with rain boots and other things, everything worked out in the end. Right away we got to a clearing where there were white faced capucian monkeys and a rancho. Paulo knew exactly what the roof of indigenous peoples' roofs were made of: fibers and grass thatching. Further on we saw two tapirs: a mom and juvenile. They were so big and cute. We then saw more monkeys and one of them had a baby that was so small and furry. We also learned about survival skills and everyone ate termites. Towards the end of the hike there was a hollow tree that everyone could crawl through. Jonathan conquered his fear of spiders and climbed through the hollow tree even after he saw a big spider. After the hike everyone had a nice lunch and then went for a swim. During our time in the water, we played elbow tag. It was really fun. Sarah was really good at tagging other people even in the water. Then we had a fascinating lesson on cetaceans. Rory knew that a whale's tail is called a fluke. After the lesson, we went to see bats. Sofia was really good at catching them. After dinner, we went to collect hermit crabs to calculate the population and Carly and Amanda were really helpful in finding them.

Monkeys and tapirs
Are so cool, and bats fly so
Fast and are furry.

-Anwhei Kirk