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These ones were under the bank of the river in Tortuguero.


The locals call them jaibas, I assume I'm spelling this correctly. I love that they come in these candy floss colours.

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Thank you for all the information, nosarasue.
I am following you here in PN, we shall see if you decide to take pictures someday!! : )

nosarasue 7 years ago

They are amazing, but getting a photo of a live one that's not on the end of a hook is probably really hard. I've been fishing in the surf off the beach here & had them swim within a few feet of me - very scary, you always think they are something else first! - but I never have my camera then.

That is very interesting about the Land Crabs, I will read about them to learn.
You are the closest person I know to get to Tarpons can you place a spotting of a live one, I think they are amazing creatures. : )

nosarasue 7 years ago

These guys are different from the ones in the forest. The locals won't eat the ones in the forest (they have a rude name for them), but they eat the aquatic ones, which are usually quite a bit smaller than the land crabs.

It is too bad about the tarpon but at least they are not wasted, people here are quite happy to get them. I was once snorkelling in Belize and a six foot tarpon swam by, I didn't know what it was (this was long before I lived here) because I only ever saw pictures with their mouths open! The sun was shining on it and with those huge silver scales it looked like a big disco ball.

I know we have Migrations, it seems they come from the forest to the water, some day I will be able to witness that!!
I will visit the website, I just find it very cool when Tarpon, open their huge mouth, but no, I do not want to see any dead ones it would brake my heart!!

nosarasue 7 years ago

They might if we had a street in Tortuguero! I've never heard of one of those migrations, my dad lives in Jamaica and they get them. Yes, I have tarpon pics but unfortunately only of ones that died during fishing - normally it is all catch and release but the occasional one dies (and lots of families get to make rondon, and the local artists use the scales for jewelry and crafts). I'm assuming a pic of a guy with a dead tarpon wouldn't be good here, but you can visit our website, cheerio

Gorgeous colors!!
Have you have one of those days when thousands march across streets?
Do you have any pictures of Tarpon? : )

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