|Staying in another remote location, The Cabezas de San Juan Reserve. |
View was pretty good though...
First warning came when our cab driver did not show up as agreed on in the early Monday morning. We lived by the remote lighthouse of the breathtaking Las Cabezas de San Juan reserve outside Fajardo, sharing the wilderness with only a few guards and a handful(?) of scorpions and native boas, not larger then 8 feet. When our taxi driver did a no show on agreed time we hiked down the 2 km to the guard station to explore our options. It turned out that no one is crazy enough to run a taxi service in Puerto Rico as early as 7 am.
|Warning 2. Will caught this cute deadly scorpion during a visit to our bathroom|
problemo, manjana, possible. Not a good start.
|Robert Matos (DNER), together with Antares and Chris Jeffrey (NOAA) who had joined us for the day to get a first hand look at our habitat classification work flow. I could finally sit back and take some photos of other people doing the work|
|CJ and Antares taking over the work|
|Happy to be out of their cubicles!|
|Antares helping out with the habitat mapping.|
A mix of the endangered staghorn coral and gorgonians (soft corals)
|Will with 3 weeks of free diving in his back is getting some quality bottom time.|
|Suddenly we were surrounded by Boobies looking for a meal!|
|Exposed limestone outcrops in the land of birds and (hopefully) sharks|
After a long day on the water I couldn't help getting... into the water. Me and Will went for a snorkel off our local beach as an unprecedented calm day allowed us to free dive on the exposed side of the Cabeza reserve. It felt very sharky but no finned friends turned up. Instead I suddenly got surrounded by a huge school of Tarpons and a few sharp toothed barracudas that arrived out of nowhere (pics below).
|Large school of Tarpons and some barracudas looking for a meal|
|Ghostlike brain coral|
|The good life. Penelope Cruise and Johnny Depps desserted (but filled with tourists) Island in the background. We also passed by the black pearl waiting around for the next film(?) in Port del Rey Harbor.|
|Sailing in the Caribbean is just as nice as pictured. Damn, I'd like to do more of this!|
|Find 3 similarities!|
|Me, Juan and his small fishing boat in the background|
|View from the Lighthouse with the local keys and Culebra far off in the background. |
Still lots left to map when we come back next time.
|Im slowly turning into an amphibian, time to go home... Got to love the tights though.|
|One year older as of this Thursday... Anna baked me a cake according to deeply rooted family Larsson traditions. Im all for it.|