Monday, 27 April 2009

Macajuel River Hike

Yesterday I went on a hike to a place called macajuel pool. To get there you must swim and hike down the madamas river through some incredible gorges, where the water is so deep that you cannot swim down to touch the river bed . Above is a picture of of one of the people who was on the hike with me swimming down a gorge with his bag.

We drove in along the road as far as we could before starting to walk. on the way ,I took this picture of a shinny we saw many of these on the hike but I did not take photographs of the others.
After that we saw a mapepire in the path .It was about 3 feet . I also got several photographs of it. after a long time hiking we finally reached macajuel pool. We had to jump off a waterfall to get there.If you wish to go get in touch with Carl Fitzjames at the Brasso Seco Paria Site

Saturday, 18 April 2009

La Bas



La Bas
There are HORRIBLY REVOLTING ODOURS and DEATHLY KILLER SMELLS from garbage,mud and muck that people pull up from smelly old wells. P.U, you hold your nose but the aroma still gets in,and makes you smell like a horribly disgusting warehouse bin
Well, smells and odours,aromas and garbage on the grass, they're disgusting,but nothing beats the stench of the La Bas.
by Sam

man-o-war!



I've just come back from Mayaro, where I have been stung by a rather rude Portuguese man-o-war that has temporarily ruined my leg.




"Anyone unfamiliar with the biology of the venomous Portuguese man-of-war would likely mistake it for a jellyfish. Not only is it not a jellyfish, it's not even an "it," but a "they." The Portuguese man-of-war is a siphonophore, an animal made up of a colony of organisms working together." says National Geographic Kids. I discovered this when I captured a live man-o-war and placed it in a bucket of sea water. The man-o-war put it's tentacles down, felt the bottom of the bucket, pulled them up, flexed it's sail to let the wind catch it and dropped it's tentacles again to test the depth of the water. This would mean that the man-o-war was showing intelligence and as a siphonophore, without a brain should not be able to do this. I also wonder how the many cells are communicating with each other. A short while later, there was nothing in the bucket. The man-o-war seemed to have dissolved and changed into purple goop! it seems that under stress the man-o-war disintegrates.


Check out this cool video from National Geographic .