Well, we're knee deep in the wilds of Central America now.
We were relaxing in the outdoor bar/restaurant at the hotel when this gigantic flying creature entered the patio area. He bobbed and weaved through us as we gringos leapt up, awestruck, at this amazing sight:
The beautiful and gigantic Owl Butterfly is named for the large eye on his wing, which
resembles an Owl's eye. He rested on Mick's hand for several minutes while a few of us
approached in silent wonder. His wingspan was several inches across.
Welcome to Central America!
Zach the toad whisperer corralled this little (or not so little -- he was about the size of a Double Whopper with cheese...) guy from under a bush and carried him around for awhile as his adopted pet. It is unknown whether Zach licked him or not. Only Zach (and the toad) knows for sure...
We love them because, as their name entails, they help keep the bug numbers down. Bless them!
This super-cool and stealthy fleet of Bat Rays sailed in near perfect precision
under and around our boats in the Chiapas marina for several days
Lastly, during our last passage we tripped upon a large school of Pantropical Spotted Dolphins.
As their name implies, these polka-dotted Flippers only hang out down here in the tropics.
So it was a special treat swimming amongst them!
That's it for now on the nature front. But I'm standing by, binoculars and camera at the ready, and will be reporting back as we discover new and exciting wildlife here in Central America!