Update from Osa Eden #9

If the Osa Peninsula has the greatest biodiversity on the planet, I guess that one would expect to see something completely new and different every week.  Well, that’s exactly what’s happened consistently as we’ve been here since December 1st and this past week was no exception.

We’ve noticed a significant weather change over the past 5 weeks as we’ve only experienced a few rain showers that were all very brief.  A typical day now starts with a low temperature of 74 degrees at sunrise and a typical high of about 90 around 3:00 PM.  The skies are “severe clear” every day and night and with minimal breezes it can be pretty hot if you’re not on the water.  The trees have begun to “flower” in a rainbow array of colors each week and the deciduous trees are now losing their leaves one species at a time.  The fruit trees are beginning to produce and Katie has been making batches of dehydrated bananas and pralines to compliment the Tuna jerky that has now been stockpiled.  Next up will be the Mangos and Papayas that will probably ripen all at once when we return for our next trip.

Rod Mergardt was here for his first trip to Central America and whereas we’ve had the opportunity to travel and fish around the world (from Alaska to the Amazon, from BC to Bolivia, from Maine to Montana and from New York to New Orleans – just to name a few), this trip was possibly the best.

We started with a variety of day sorties around the gulf (from Drake bay to Golfito), followed by a rainforest tour where we had close encounters with Howler Monkeys, Hummingbirds, Scarlet McCaws, Screech Owls, Toucans, Mealy Parrots, a Ringed Kingfisher (very rare), Herons, numerous other species of birds, Green Iguanas and an inquisitive White-Nosed Coati.

Fishing was equally diverse with Rod, Katie and I catching huge Yellowfin Tuna (Katie and I each with one in the 50 pound class), two monster Sailfish, Cubera Snapper, Dolphin (aka Mahi), Jack Crevalle, Horse-eye Jacks, Barred Pargo, Yellow Snapper, Pacific Barracuda, Roosterfish, Pacific Bonito, Spanish Mackerel, Crocodile Needlefish and a baby “Cracken.”  Actually, it may or may not have been a Cracken but in 14 years, Cory said that he’s never seen anything like it.

BTW… As Katie was just done fighting her monster Sailfish and 52 pound Yellowfin, Rod says to me… “T.O. She is tough as nails, I couldn’t have done that!”

One more week of “diversity training” with three days of fishing before we head home to experience the last of Montana’s winter (for only a few weeks).  We will be back here at the end of March for another 5 week session through the end of April.

Enjoy, share and plan your trips.

T.O.

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