“The first full day of exploring the Rio Atabapo got started after unloading all the camping gear and luggage at the beach where we would be spending the night, and then getting back into the boat and heading upstream to find some places to look for fish.
“As we pull into a backwater channel of the main river, we find a group of fishermen already working in the area, so we stop to take a look at their catch.
“The shoreline here is very rocky, and the water is deeper than it looks. The fishermen were collecting small catfish for the aquarium trade…”
“We pile back into the boat and head up to the Caño Vitina, the same tributary we were collecting fish in yesterday, but now much closer to the Rio Atabapo itself. We keep moving upstream until we find a bank that is shallow enough to snorkel in and be able to see fish.”
“We had to move quite a ways upstream until we were able to find a spot where we could actually reach the shore without having too many flooded trees in the way. Now we’re going to see if we can see some fish!”
What treasures lie hidden in the tannin-stained waters of this Rio Atabapo tributary? What other fish did the team encounter while they explored the Rio Atabapo and lower Caño Vitina? You’ll have to watch to find out!
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