March 11, 2015
We will be leaving Mexico tomorrow morning, probably not to return until we are on our way back from Europe. We’ll miss the people, the food, the language, the landscape, and some of our favorite animals.
The animals, which haven’t gotten a lot of mention, are the pelicans, the iguanas and the zanates.
The pelicans, heavily in abundance here in Puerto Morelos, have a surprising characteristic. They are intensely curious. When we were fueling the boat a couple days ago, four of them lined up on the dock to watch Birgit carefully, taking note of each and every part of the process. Another time, when I was doing a bit of sanding to touch up some varnish, one swam over to study what I was doing. They (and their organic byproduct) are underfoot on the dock most hours of the day, watching us and trying to figure out what makes us tick.
The zanates are an elegant bird with a long tail. The males are an intense, shiny blue-black with alert, light colored eyes. They seem to fill the ecological niche taken up in the Pacific Northwest by crows, but the zanates are more beautiful, and have a much sweeter, piercing whistle.
The iguanas are abundant here too, more confrontational that the pelicans, and seeming to guard their territory. One large male sits at on the sidewalk at the entrance to the marina, puffing up his throat and scrutinizing visitors. He expects you to walk around him, and bobs his head up and down if you look like you don’t get it.