|click here (link) to read more about Martin’s amazing attempt to swim the entire Amazon River.|
Hello Amazon Swim fans!
A lot has happened in the last week; I guess time flies when you’re swimming the Amazon. Here are some highlights from the last two days:
Martin was swimming late in the afternoon when he noticed a foul smell. The rotting carcass of a huge crocodile was floating nearby, with three vultures hitch hiking a ride. We judged it at about fifteen feet long, although it had been dead for awhile and the head and tail had both been ripped off, possibly by poachers. We didn’t stick around long, as the rancid odor was making us all feel ill.
Martin was swimming on his back near some heavy vegetation when he suddenly stopped and motioned for Armundo and me to be silent on the escort boat.
We all heard a low pitched growling noise: ”EEEEEEEEEEEEEROWWWWAAAAHHHH.” ”Jaguar.”
Our Brazilian guide warned us putting one finger to his lips in a hushing motion.
It called out again from the nearby foliage, this time a little louder, and a little angrier.
The jaguar is a solitary hunter, preying on fish, frogs, and small alligators near the riverbank. Closer to villages the jaguar will occasionally sneak into town at night to feast on dogs or livestock.
Deforestation, ranchers protecting their stock, and poaching of the valuable hides have caused the future of this stealthy predator to be in jeopardy.
Recently added to the endangered species list, the most vocal of all large cats still thrives in the Amazon region. After pushing forward another 92 km, Martin entertained us all at the dinner table with his low, throaty, growling, jaguar imitation. He can also imitate a howler monkey quite well.
Martin still has over 2,000 kms to go and more than one month in the water.
To view LivinginPeru’s feature story about Martin’s incredible journey, please click here (link).