YAY! We were finally off that ship, not saying it was bad, it was just nice at land. Anyway, here we were anchored right outside of Cabo San Lucas! We got off and rode the little tender boats to land.
We found our leader, and she showed us the way to Cabo Dolphins. There, we got our wristbands and put on our swimsuits. Finally, we could jump into the water! We met our dolphin that we were gonna swim with. His name was Cahall. He did many tricks. His trainer told us what to do, and Cahall would do something. One example is when we clapped, he’d clap, or try… We all got turns riding on his back which was SOOO fun!
Family Pic before we swim
Look at cute lil Cahall!
Getting ready to go
After we swam with Cahall, we went on a boat ride to the arches. It was really rocky, and at one point we went SUPER fast! My Grandma was so scared. It was funny. 🙂
I’m lovin it
My Grandma is scared
After the boat ride, we went to our ship and watched The Greatest Showman. We ate from the buffet while watching it and then headed to bed.
Big news erupted in 2013 when a cute, furry animal, the olinguito, was revealed to the world. It was the first species discovered in 35 years from the raccoon family. The olingo, a relative of the olinguito, triggered the search for the olinguito. They live in the cloud forests of the Andes in South America. Kristofer Helgen, a scientist, discovered these fuzzy furballs.
Prior to his discovery, people brought olingo pelts for him and the other scientists to study. One pelt caught his eye. Not brown and soft like olingo fur, it was orange and fuzzy. Its tail was longer, too. Plus, the skull was different. Kristofer got goose bumps. He was excited!!!
Had he discovered a new species?
It would take 10 more years of research to find out. The pelt was labeled #66753. He took DNA from pelt #66753 and took DNA from an olingo. It was different!! He was ecstatic. He called the new animal olinguito which means little olingo because it was smaller and looked like an olingo.
But, were there any olinguitos left in the wild?
Before telling the world that he had discovered a new species, he heard a story. Ringerl, a female olingo, was brought to the zoo hoping she would find an olingo mate. She refused to mate with any. They brought her to 4 different zoos, and she still wouldn’t. He took the DNA of her and it matched to pelt #66753’s DNA. But, that was 30 years ago. Could these animals still be living?
Finally, they found a living olinguito!!!
The locals had rarely seen them, but when they did they called it “Night Monkey”. It was confirmed the olinguito was a new species.
Fun Facts About the Olinguito
Olinguitos build nests to sleep in.
Baby olinguitos stay in the nest for a month.
Once the babies are 2 months, they ride on their mothers back till they can climb and walk.
A mother olinguito usually has one baby at a time. They are mostly born in March and February.
Their long tail, which is a little longer than them, can work as a blanket to curl up at night in and hang.
Baby olinguitos are about the size of a kitten and look adorable!!
If you would like to learn more about olinguitos, you may enjoy these books!