Sunday, June 26, 2016

PUERTO VALLARTA: FISH, FRIENDS, AND FUN



The temperature and the calendar are both telling me it's that time of year again and that means Summer Time.  In Puerto Vallarta there are two seasons:  the "coolish" dry months of winter from approximately November until April which is locally referred to as the "high season" when most visitors arrive and the "hot" wet months of summer beginning after the Easter celebrations sometime in April and continuing until the end of October.  This period is called the "low season" as most people prefer the cooler dry months of winter.


The king angelfish is a non-migratory tropical fish that inhabits reefs in the eastern Pacific ocean from the coast of Peru north to the California gulf.
King Angel fish are not only beautiful, but also built to maneuver very quickly!

This is my favorite iconic photo of a yellow puffer. There are more than 120 species of pufferfish worldwide. Most are found in tropical and subtropical ocean waters, but some species live in brackish and even fresh water. Our local puffers are somewhat different in appearance, but isn't he handsome? 

Porcupinefish have the ability to inflate their bodies by swallowing water or air and thereby becoming rounder. This increase in size (almost double vertically) reduces the range of potential predators to those with much bigger mouths. A second defense mechanism is provided by the sharp spines, which radiate outwards when the fish is inflated.


We love it all year, but the "low season" of summer is especially dear to us.  With our proximity to a beautiful beach on the glorious Bay of Banderas, we have the opportunity of cooling off whenever we want by simply diving into the ocean. Even though we are fortunate enough to live on an incredible beach with fantastic snorkeling opportunities, we never tire of it.  Each day offers a different aquatic experience which makes it not only fun, but interesting.


In biology, any group of fish that stay together for social reasons are shoaling, and if the group is swimming in the same direction in a coordinated manner, they are schooling. Fish derive many benefits from shoaling behavior including defense against predators, enhanced foraging success, and higher success in finding a mate.  Wow! Did you know all that?

Commonly known as the Yellowtail Surgeonfish is a tropical fish found in reefs in the East Pacific from the Gulf of California to El Salvador.  These fish are grey with numerous small black spots covering its head and body and a bright yellow tail fin. I fantasize about decorating a room inspired by their appearance. This species is the largest of our local fish populations where we visit them almost daily!

The olive ridley sea turtle, also known as the Pacific ridley sea turtle, is a medium-sized species of sea turtle found in warm and tropical waters, primarily in the Pacific from Baja California, Mexico, and Chile. These turtles are considered endangered because of their few remaining nesting sites in the world. Nothing is more exciting than spotting one of these magnificent turtles while snorkeling! 


I have created an album which includes some of my favorite photographs of our beach life not only in Puerto Vallarta, but other locations as well.  I hope you enjoy this summer time album. I have certainly had a fun time putting it together. Below the following photos you will find the link for my blog photo album.


Bahia de Banderas (Banderas Bay) attracts whales and dolphins who come to play, swim, and feed not so unlike human visitors!  

My husband has become very adroit at catching guineafowl puffer (protected by garden gloves!) who blow up as a defense mechanism, but deflate as soon as they are released.


Local pelicans show up as soon as the fisherman come in from a night of fishing. I think they are hoping to receive a free handout in order to start their own day of fishing.   

My Blog Album:    FISH FRIENDS WITH CAPTIONS

In order to access the captions click on the "I" icon on your device for the first photo and there you have it!  



Wishing you an enjoyable summer wherever you may be. And please don't be shy!  Us bloggers love receiving questions, comments, or suggestions. Until next time, safe trails and travel well.  Laura



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