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Day 6 - October 11, 2009 - At Sea, Enroute To Coiba Island, Panama

By JJ Apéstegui, Onboard Ornithologist

Co-ordinates: 6°37’3”N, 84°26’7”W
Weather: Slightly overcast conditions with no rain.
Air Temperature: 33C
Sea Temperature: 29C
Pressure: 1016 Hpa
Wind: Slight, Beaufort 3

It was a relaxing morning after our exciting exertions of the day before in Cocos Island. We started with a mid-morning lecture by Claire Allum entitled “Tropical Forest Living,” about what it is like to live in a tropical rainforest environment for two years with the local indigenous people.

This was almost immediately followed by my own lecture, “Costa Rica, an Exceptional Story.” Although removed from my normal subject of birds, it is a topic very close to my heart as a native Costa Rican. In short, it was an attempt to answer the question of why my country has managed to develop in such a different way (exceptional in the sense of being “the exception to the rule”) from our neighbors.

After lunch, but before there was a chance for siesta, Hans Peter had his own talk on “Green Hell – Lost Paradise” an insight into the ecology of tropical rainforests and some of the factors that make these ecosystems so unique.

A little later, just when we thought it was safe to go napping, a lighter subject was approached, but not in the least less important for some - a wine tasting seminar given by our Sommelier Predrag.

Then we were finally given a chance for a short siesta, before the day’s recap and briefing, where Robin Aiello explained about the flying fish that have been seen throughout our sailing. Juan told us about tides and how they are produced and measured, Claire gave us an insight into some of the most mysterious aspects of archaeological finds in Costa Rica and I read a funny bit on the jargon used by very keen birdwatchers.

After a destination briefing by Robin West regarding the activities planned for tomorrow in Coiba Island we went for another wonderful dinner in the Restaurant as the Prince Albert II plowed the calm waters of the Pacific Ocean.

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