Once again another successful Whale Shark tour. We found 3 or 4 but the last one(a female) would not leave us alone! She kept hangin around and even came up to the panga a few times…. once giving andrew what looked like the love rub! We were blessed with a visit by Bottle Nose Dolphins at the ending of our trip as we came into La PAz Inner Bay. Nice…. Then off to lunch. “Salud!”!
Found a Cristation formation Poblano Chile…. I think. I know this genetical deformation hits a lot of cactus here in Baja California and have seen it also on my Guayaba trees and Hibiscus plants always on the end of a branch affecting the stem and not the fruit or flower. Maybe this is a different deformation.
Fasciation or cristation is an abnormal development of an apical meristem characterized by indeterminate proliferative growth. A plant becomes crested when its apex develops laterally from a linear meristem rather than a single point
The oil from the red velvet mite Trombidium grandissimum is used in traditional Indian medicine to treat paralysis. Also, due to their alleged ability to increase sexual desire, Trombidium mites are known locally as “Indian Viagra. Since the diet of the Giant Red Velvet Mite consists of many pests, the mite could be used as a potential biological control tool. They are also vital to the rate of soil decomposition and greatly help maintain balance in soil ecosystems. The mites spend a majority of their time underground and only emerge after heavy rains to feed.
check out these photos of our snorkeling experience. Lame cause we wanted to change into Dolphins and swim everywhere!.