Yesterday, after talking to some honest fishermen, we decided against deep sea fishing and opted for hiring a boat to take us up the Bentota River.
I was expecting to see sights reminiscent of our ride up the Mekong a few years back, but it was quite different. In the Mekong, we saw many fishermen living on boats, making the river home. Here the local fishermen seemed to favor nets, traps, and living on shore.
As we headed up the river, our guide was quick to start pointing out the wildlife. Chris had really been wanting to see a monitor while we were here, and luckily we got to see one right away. Further up the river, we headed into the mangroves and began seeing monitors like crazy!
Later in the afternoon we were approached by a boy in a boat with his ‘pet’ crocodile. It made me uncomfortable that he had taken this tiny animal from it’s family, but at the same time, I appreciated his attempt at entrepreneurship. Mixed feelings on this one. Anyway, before I knew it, I had a baby croc in hand and Chris was snapping away with the camera.
After we returned to our hotel, Chris decided to try his hand at wake boarding. It had been a few years since his last attempt, but he did great and had a really fun time. Hopefully he doesn’t catch anything from the river water.