Helena Molina, a professor at the Biology Department at University of Costa Rica, is carried across a small stream on the Osa as we hiked to Rio Claro to sample Characids. A recommendation to future biologists: Think twice about doing graduate work with Helena… unless you’re looking for a workout too.
The Pacific greeted us with this view on the morning we hiked from Sirena to La Leona.
The one on the left approached about 6 inches in length… maybe a Pseudostigmatidae.
In the bottom left of the first picture, Bryan fishes for snapper. Of course, like any real fisherman, after having caught two decently sized fish, he refused to leave until he caught the big one. He never did catch it and we walked back to our tents in the dark.
A 2.5 hour hike from the San Pedrillo field station through the most pristine, primary rainforest yields to Playa Llorona, a stunning, black-sand beach at the mouth of Rio Llorona.
One of two snakes we saw, Coniophanes fissidens is a somewhat dull, rear-fanged, litter-dwelling snake. Another species in the same genus, Coniophanes piceivittis, is common in Palo Verde and packs a mean bite.
This stretch was our second sampling site in the San Pedrillo sector of Parque Nacional Corcovado. Ohio needs to rethink it’s streams.