Supay, Iricahua, and Pacalpa Caños

Feb 02, 2019 - Delfin II


This morning we explored two different small tributary creeks, known locally as Caños, via skiff. High water allows us to penetrate the flooded rainforest, giving us access to animals of all shapes and sizes we wouldn’t normally be able to view. This was truly an adventure, as we followed no prescribed course at all!

For me personally one of the biggest highlights of the day came later in the afternoon in the form of common woolly monkeys foraging in the rainforest in Pacalpa Caño. What a privilege to watch as three woollies worked the canopy for food, chewing on fresh tree shoots as well as looking for ants and other insects under the bark of dead trees that they tore off. At one point a South American coati even decided to join the party and wrestled with a woolly monkey, all in good fun!

Clearly these animals have become habituated to people here on this part of the Pacalpa Caño. Do wild monkeys and coatis not accustomed to people also tussle with each other deep in the rainforest? I suppose only they really know!

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Michael Nolan

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Michael Nolan was born in Bitburg, Germany to an Air Force family stationed there. His first experience of the ocean came at age 12, when he learned to snorkel in the Italian Mediterranean. At age 17 he moved to Tucson, Arizona and became a PADI SCUBA instructor, before starting a SCUBA diving business that specialized in diving trips to the Sea of Cortez.

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