Creatures, Creatures, Creatures

March 12, 2015

My very favorite part of my time spent in Costa Rica was seeing the animals and other wildlife outdoors in their natural habitat. I love taking pictures and wanted to share a few with you.

One night we took a night tour! We had to wear high rubber boots so nothing could bite us! I was so scared at times but could not get a goofy grin off my face. Here is a few creatures we saw:

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Ewwww.. This was a close up of a scorpion.

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Scorpion:

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Look how well camouflaged he is:

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I would recommend going- so interesting! Thanks to my brother in law for the great pictures.

Daytime! Here we are on our way to snorkeling:

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Spotted Dolphins everywhere! Really amazing. Although,they were busy eating and did not have much to do with us. The water color was gorgeous.

My best day in Costa Rica was the day we visited Corcovado National Park. We left the hotel at 6:30 am on a boat ride to the park.

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Above was our guide, Jose. He was so intelligent about biology and everything animals and plants.

A Jesus Lizard:

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We saw a few Golden silk orb-weaver spiders:

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So creepy! Very dangerous and venomous. They eat snakes and birds! See the little red spider toward the top of web?

That is the male spider. The female is the huge spotted one.

My favorite animal we saw:

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These cuties were squirrel monkeys. There were so many of them together in a group we came across.

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Do you see the two tails in the right side?

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Surprise! I got the mom and baby monkey together! So cute.

Then a bit of action. We saw a herd of Collared Peccary!( Wild boars). They crossed a path we were walking on. The guide said that it was amazing to see so many together at once.

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There were big ones, little ones and every size in between! We guessed there had to be about 40 of them.Then one circled us (the really, really big one), to see if we were a threat:

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We had to stay so quiet. Our guide told us that if he gave the signal, we were to climb a tree to get away! haha  Not too high, just high enough to be out of reach! It was really exciting!

This park is not a rainforest, it is a humid forest. The vegetation was amazing:

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In the forest, the trees have learned at adapt over time to their surroundings also:

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We saw a few Spectacled Caiman relaxing on the shore:

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A real treat was being so close to a Baird’s Tapir:

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This is what the tapir looks like when standing. They say it is a cross between a rhinoceros and a horse!

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During the day, these gentle giants like to cool off in the mud:

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It was so excellent to see! I could have sat there and watched for hours.

The birds were beautiful. There are over 400 different species:

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If you are looking for an adventurous, fun vacation, I would definitely suggest a trip to Drake Bay. Especially to visit Corcovado National Park. One of my best vacations ever. Write if you have any questions about my trip, I would love to help you out. Just email me and I will give you lots of information!

 

 

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