Saturday, June 17, 2017

DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A SWORDFISH AND A SAILFISH?





At first,  we thought the dark object we saw in the water was a manta ray.  Getting closer, Daniel, captain of the panga, confirmed that it was in fact a "vela" - sailfish.  The question was asked, "how does one tell at first glance the difference between a sailfish and a swordfish?"
VELA - SAILFISH - BAHÍA DE BANDERAS

Both fish are members of the perciformes (billfish) family. They both hunt with their spears.  The swordfish is larger,  up to 4 meters in length, while the sailfish has a maximum length of 3 meters. The smaller size of the sailfish enables it to swim faster - up to 110 km/h in a sprint, making it the fastest fish in the world.  Thes fastest speed for a swordfish is 80 km/h.  The sailfish lives up to 4 years and the swordfish can live up to 9 years.

The easiest way to identify these fish is by their fins and by their colors.  The sailfish has a long dorsal fin thar runs almost the entire length of its body.  The fin is retractable and can be used to create a wall to stop small fish from escaping. The dorsal fin of the swordfish is rigid and upright. The color of the swordfish is dark on top and white below.  The sailfish´s color changes. It normally looks bluish-silver, but turns almost black at the moment just before of an attack.
SAILFISH - VELA

Daniel cut off the engine for several minutes so we could admire the seemingly friendly sailfish on the nearby surface of the water.  Soon, a fishing boat slowly approached, as two men went for their gear at the back of it.  We shouted out in Spanish, "Leave the vela in peace - it´s part of our family." The boat continued its approach, so we left what had been a very peaceful place.

The bay of banderas in Puerto Vallarta is popular amongst sportsfishermen for swordfish.   Daniel said that half the these powerful fish,  after a long and grueling struggle, are released.  To see a beautiful creature fighting hard for its life, with almost no chance to win,  seems to me a bit like watching a bullfight. 
SWORDFISH - PEZ ESPADA

Our next encounter with an animal was sadly a recently dead baby dolphin,  It was about a meter-and-a -half in length, meaning it was only a few weeks old.  Karla de la Peña reported this sighting to ECOBAC.

At least one recent study on cetacean neurology has demonstrated that dolphins and whales possess specialized, human-like "spindle" neurons,  which are the brain cells linked to empathy, grief and intuition in humans.  Other animals that mourn their dead are elephants, chimps, and surprising to me,  giraffes and jay birds.

KARLA DE LA PEÑA, DUEÑA DE BOCA DIVERS - UN DELFIN BEBÉ MUERTO EN LA BAHÍA DE BANDERAS
www.bocadivers.net


June and July are the months for turtles to lay their eggs on the beaches - about 100 eggs per nest. Some of these nests will be protected, and some of the eggs will be dug up, counted, dated, and put in a beach "corral."   Other nests will be invaded by dogs and devoured, and some humans will take the eggs to sell. We saw about eight sea turtles while cruising around the bay.  They all took quick, loud gulps of air as we came near to them,  and then immediately submerged and disappeared.   Humans can be dangerous.

FAR OUT INTO THE BAY - MAKING A MANDALA WHILE WAITING FOR DOLPHINS TO SWIM PAST.  HACIENDO UNA MANDALA MUY LEJOS DE LA ORILLA MIENTRAS ESPERANDO LOS DELFINES. 

Joy!  Motoring to the south, we encoutered what were probably two different pods of dolphins. Dozens were racing with us, many of them breaching repeatedly, and some of them as close as a meter away from the panga.   We could have touched them if we had reached down far enough.   Daniel sped out in front of them so we could jump into the water as they swam in our direction.   Although skies were many shades of grey on Sunday, the water was dark blue, transparent and almost warm (current temperature - 21-22 centigrade).  Alas, the dolphins always swam around us, but Karla, who dove down deep below the surface, could hear them returning her "eee-eee" sounds.


From the Upanishads, the religious/philosophical Indian texts written between 800 and 500 BCE, regarding the earth as the informer and energy of all things:

"Thou art the dark blue bird, and the green parrot with red eyes.  Thou hast the lightning as thy child. Thou art the season and the seas.  Having no beginning, thou dost abide with immanence, whereof all things are born."

CAPITAN DANIEL . DOMINGO PANGA
LUNCH/ALMUERZO ON THE PANGA - CEVICHE- WATERMELON/SANDILLA- PAPAYA- JICAMA - GRAPES/UVAS-STRAWBERRIES/FRESAS/-HOMEMADE RUM APPLE CAKE/PASTEL DE MANZANA CON RON.

Valle Dorado ("golden valley") in the neighboring state of Nayarit,  is a municipality in the area of the Bay of Banderas, approximately a 40-minute drive north of centro Vallarta.
PLAZA PRINCIPAL, VALLE DORADO, NAYARIT
The almost treeless residential area is a cluster of simple, cement houses across the highway from the very upscale area of Nuevo Vallarta.  PEACEAnimals has visited valle dorado at least twice before, when the clinic was held in the patio of a volunteer´s rented home. This time, the clinic was held in a small government building in back of the church, which is at the main plaza.  Surgery and recovery tables were in the building. Recovered pets and pets waiting for surgery were placed in kennels outside under the shade of a very large tree.   

        
CLÍNICA EN VALLE DORADO

On Thursday morning, Leslie Caratachea, our vet tech, called to advise me not to come to the clinic. Road repairs are being done on the southern traffic side of the ameca river bridge, and the return home would take approximately two hours.  Clinics are a joyful part of my week, so I missed going to this one. Thank you to volunteers Linda Stewart and Frank Ohly for their good photos, including two of what we normally don´t see - obse dogs.  Leslie had a friendly talk with the owners regarding health issues.  On Wednesay, our first day of a clinic week and often our slowest, 51 cats and dogs were sterilized.

Because of the many unsterilized animals in this colonia, PEACEAnimals will return to the same location next week.  Locals are raising the 4,000 extra pesos for this out-of-town clinic.
ALGO MUY RARO VISTO EN LAS CLÍNICAS - PERROS GORDOS - VALLE DORADO
(EL ROJO ES MEDICAMENTO, NO SANGRE.  RED COLOR IS MEDICINE, NOT BLOOD).
 


STERILIZATIONS AT CLINIC IN COLONIA VALLE DORADO:  MALE DOGS -31; FEMALE DOGS - 67;
MALE CATS -31; FEMALE CATS - 38   TOTAL:  167

PLUS PREGNANCIES TERMINATED FOR:

1 dog with 9 fetuses; 1 dog with 8 fetuses; 1 dog with 5 fetuses; 1 dog with 3 fetuses = 25 animals not born to suffer and reproduce.

CLÍNICA EN VALLE DORADO, NAYARIT



DONATIONS AT CLINIC IN VALLE DORADO:  2,200 pesos

Troy Valens -Wednesday lunch for the team (4) and volunteers (2) from his restaurant Sea Monkey


DONATIONS TO PEACEANIMALS:

Pat and Dave Dick - $500 CA
Dr. Conrad Zagory - $50 USD
Dona Pitman - barely used large dog crate
CLÍNICA EN VALLE DORADO
Linda Stewart paid the extra costs - driving time and gasoline- for a clinic outside Puerto Vallarta -  4,000 pesos.

EDUCATION PROGRAM - No presentations in the state of Nayarit due to current road difficulty.

LAILA SOS FUND:  221,341.52 pesos originally donated for a critically ill dog that unfortunately died.  Nine dogs have been helped to date with vet expenses (not food).  Balance remaining = 8,791.52 pesos.  This is a one-time only fund and will not be replenished.  PEACEAnimals is focused on doing the most good for the most animals, and that is via a free spay/neuter program.  Funds are needed to support our mission.

BELOW IS INFORMATION ON DOGS HELPED BY THE SOS FUND THIS WEEK.  ALL ARE IN FOSTER HOMES AND FOR ADOPTION.  

"KAYLA" - 4 YEARS OLD, SPAYED AND VACCINATED.  SWEET, QUIET AND OBEDIENT.  RESCUED RUNNING ON THE HIGHWAY AFTER HER OWNERS  LEFT HER TIED HER UP AT THE BASE OF A PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE.  CONTACT PUROGATO IF INTERESTED:  info@purogato.org

PERRITA DE 4 AÑOS RESCATADA CORRIENDO EN EL LIBRAMIENTO.  OPERADA, VACUNADA, DULCE, TRANQUILA Y OBEDIENTE.  EN CASA PUENTE Y EN ADOPCIÓN.  

PAID TO DR.MANUEL PEÑA FOR VET CARE - 520 PESOS - PAGADO A DR. PEÑA




¨¨MOKA" - PERRA DE 6-8 AÑOS Y CIEGA EN UN OJO.  RESCATADA POR KARLA NEREIDA EN PASEO DE RIBERA, CERCA DEL RIÓ.  ESTÁ EN CASA PUENTE Y PARA ADOPCIÓN.  SI LE INTERESTA:
CONTACTO:  kane_2529@hotmail.com   Female dog, 6-8 years old and blind in one eye.  

PAGADO A DR. MANUEL PEÑA - 750 PESOS PAID FOR VET CARE

¨CANELITO" - CALLEJERO - 2 AÑOS DE EDAD, VACUNADO Y ESTERILIZADO.  RESCATADO PARA MARITZA LINEA.  TWO-YEAR OLD STREET DOG.  NEUTERED AND VACCINATED. ESTÁ EN CASA PUENTE Y PARA ADOPCIÓN. 
PARA MÁS INFORMACIÓN - CONTACTO:  maritzalineygutierrezvalencia@gmail.com


230 PESOS PAGADO A LA VETERINARIA "LA VENA" - PAID FOR VET CARE

FOR PHOTOS/NAMES OF MORE RESCUED DOGS THAT NEED HOMES, THE ACOPIO HAS A CURRENT ROSTER.  PARA FOTOS/NOMBRES DE LOS PERROS EN EL CENTRO DE ACOPIO QUE NECESITAN HOGARES:

https://perrospv.000webhostapp.com/lista-de-perros.html

ADOPTED!  The Boca de Tomatlán dog that gave birth to 10 puppies on the the beach underneath a restaurant. Karla de la Peña calle the green patrol and the mama and babies were taken to the acopio.
 Only two survived and both were soon adopted. Cathy (no last name given) had been feeding "Clarita" in Boca, returned to the U.S. and then came back to look for her.  Told that the dog had been taken to the acopio, Cathy went there and adopted Clarita, the dog she had fallen in love with. They fly home together next week.  


"CLARITA," PERRA DE LA PLAYA EN BOCA QUE LLEVÓ KARLA DE LA PEÑA.  ADOPTADA POR CATHY Y VA A VOLAR A LOS EE.UU. EN LA SEMANA QUE ENTRA

VOLUNTEERING:  PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR INFORMATION:

http://www.peaceanimals.org/volunteer_1/volunteer_duties

RAISING FUNDS AND VISIBILITY:  Three hundred PEACEAnimals blue mesh shopping/beach bags with,extra-long straps are now available. The PEACeAnimals logo and website are on one side and the familiar mermaid on the other.  Bags are 200 pesos each and  can be purchased at:
BOLSAS DE PEACEANIMALS EN VENTA

Lucy´s CuCu Cabana -295 Basilio Badillo (AFTER OCTOBER 25TH)

Galeria Uno - 561 Morelos

Colleción la Bohemia at Constitución and Basilio

Cork&Bottle - Los Mercados - Aquiles Serdan 265

Charlie's Sport Fishing and Tours- Local 8B -Marina Vallarta

Galeria Dante - 269 Basilio Badillo 

Macaria- Josefa de Ortiz #129, between Morelos and the malecón.   
REGISTRANDO MASCOTAS- CLÍNICA EN VALLE DORADO



DONATE WITHOUT SPENDING MONEY:  PEACEAnimals is able to receive donations from Amazon Smile under the umbrella of Banderas Bay Charities, Inc. Amazon donates 0.5% of eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organizations selected by their customers.  This is a very simple way to help fund our clinics:    https://smile.amazon.com/ch/47-4752247  Even simpler, long on to www.amazonsmile.com and type in Banderas Bay Charities, Inc. (PEACEAnimals receives all of these donations).


Troy Valens -  Owner of Sea Monkey and Cheeky Monkey restaurants - $10  USD gift certificates to Sea Monkey and Cheeky Monkey for "sharing" AmazonSmile post.



CLÍNICA EN VALLE DORADO


GREATERGOOD - PLEASE CLICK!  Your daily clicks or direct donations help animals, people and the planet. www.greatergood.orgwww.greatergood.com   To donate specifically to PEACEAnimals:  http://bit.ly/1cWY0lP



PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE, FB PAGE OR BLOG FOR NEW DATES AND LOCATIONS.FAVOR DE CHECAR NUESTRO WEBSITE, PÁGINA EN FB O BLOG PARA NUEVAS FECHAS Y HOGARES.  

CLINICA EN VALLE DORADO, NAYARIT


SCHEDULE/HORARIO:

June 21-24 - Valle Dorado, Nayarit - same location as last week - government building behind the church at the main plaza.

June 28-July 1 - colonia Mojoneras en la delegación - calle jalisco


July 16-18 - Vet team will be in Tepic for a veterinarian symposium

July 20 - THURSDAY- FRIDAY, JULY 21, SATURDAY, JULY 22, SUNDAY,  July 23 (half day)  - Mismaloya   The hope is that there will be animals from boca, las juntas y los veranos and maybe even el tuito.   Pre Escolar Gabriela Mistral, Calle 5 de Mayo - frente a la iglesia - iat the school in front of the church



DESIGNATED LINE WITH RECORDING ADVISING LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS – ONLY IN SPANISH –
 (322) 113 3955


VOLUNTARIAS - CLINICA IN VALLE DORADO, NAYARIT


TO REPORT ANIMAL ABUSE, CALL THE CENTRO DE ACOPIO - 322-223-3690 OR THE POLICE - 911 -  AND ASK FOR THE "GREEN PATROL" ("PATROLLA VERDE")

  

PETS FOR LIFE  SPECIAL  ONE-DAY CLINICS ARE HELD ON THE ISLA CUALE THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH.   CLINICS OPEN FOR REGISTRATION AT 7 AM.  
     
PETS FOR LIFE, A MEXICAN S.C. (BUSINESS),  IS PAID 4,500 PESOS FOR THE STERILIZATION OF 30 ANIMALS.  IF NUMBERS ARE GREATER,  INDIVIDUALS OR ANIMAL RESCUE ORGANIZATIONS MAKE UP THE DIFFERENCE.  
For each cat or dog over the number 30,  sponsors of the Sunday clinics will be charged 150 pesos.  To sponsor a Sunday clinic, please contact: shannon@bestonproperties.com



January 8, 2017 - October 2017 -  ANONYMOUS DONOR HAS PROVIDED FUNDING (SPAY/NEUTER FOR 30 CATS AND DOGS) TO PEACEANIMALS  FOR 10 SUNDAY CLINICS ON THE ISLA CUALE.  (As SPCAPV paid for 100% of the April clinic, the anonymous donor´s donation for 10 clinics of 30 animals each will include November).    


LOCATIONS NEEDED FOR CLINICS.  REQUIRED:  WATER, ELECTRICITY, BATHROOM AND PARKING AVAILABILITY.


REPOSANDO DESPUÉS DE UN DÍA DE 51 ANIMALITOS, EL PRIMER DÍA DE LA CLÍNICA EN VALLE DORADO - LESLIE, PACHECO, POLI Y VOLUNTARIO FRANK.  RESTING AFTER THE FIRST BIG DAY.




NOTE:  PEACEAnimals, per our agreement with independent contractors, Pets for Life, is obliged to pay extra for driving time and gasoline for areas outside Puerto Vallarta.  We ask that private or government groups pay those extra expenses.


CLÍNICA EN VALLE DORADO, NAYARIT




PEACEAnimals does not buy advertising or pay for posters, flyers, megaphone announcers or locations.  All monies raised go directly to actual costs of the clinics.  Dr. Poli, as director of PEACEAnimals, a Mexican AC  (non-profit) and Pets for Life, a Mexican SC (business), selects clinic locations.



All pet registration forms with signatures of owners or rescuers are submitted by Dr. Poli to the local department of health, with copies to PEACEAnimals.
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CLÍNICA EN VALLE DORADO

Clinic schedule, including directions and other clinic information are always on website:  www.peaceanimals.org,  on this blog and on the PEACEAnimals FaceBook page.





Please "like" PEACEAnimals and Calle Cero on FaceBook.

NECESITAMOS DONACIÓNES DE ALMUERZOS PARA EL EQUIPO.



LUNCH DONATIONS NEEDED FOR VET TEAM.

PEACEAnimals has a lunch budget of 70 pesos per vet team member (four persons) per day -  4 days a week. 
Please consider donating lunches for them, and please advise so we can create a lunch schedule. By having lunches donated, these savings can used for purchases of clinic supplies.



VOLUNTARIA - CLÍNICA EN VALLE DORADO
WE NEED VOLUNTEERS AT THE CLINICS.  We are almost ALWAYS SHORT on volunteers!!!    Please sign up:  Leslie Caratachea via FB or infopeaceanimals@gmail.com - or simply drop by and spend as much or as little time as you like or are able.

http://www.peaceanimals.org/volunteer_1/volunteer_duties
http://www.peaceanimals.org/espa_ol/protocolo_para_voluntarios
                                         


WE NEED DONATIONS OF USED AND NEW KENNELS FOR CATS AND DOGS OF ALL SIZES. WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO BE ABLE TO GIVE USED OR NEW COLLARS AND LEASHES TO DOG OWNERS WHO BRING THEIR PETS TO THE CLINICS.



PERRITOS CON SUS PAPELES DE REGISTRACIÓN - CLÍNICA EN VALLE DORADo

                         

If directions needed, please call our dedicated line (directions are only in Spanish) or refer to our website or this blog:   113 3955 

COST FOR ONE SURGERY WEEK CLINIC IS APPROXIMATELY $1,800 USD. 



PLEASE CONSIDER MAKING A DONATION VIA CHECK, CREDIT CARD, PAYPAL, BEQUEST OR STOCK TRANSFER.  Note:  Stocks are transferred at full value without the donating stock owner being taxed.



PEACEANIMALS VET TEAM - EL EQUIPO DE PEACEANIMALS - DR. ANTHONY, LESLIE, DR. POLI Y DR. PACHECO


PEACEAnimals is under the umbrella of Banderas Bay Charities, Inc.,  a US 501 (c)(3) charity located in Portland, Oregon.  



Please make payments payable to either BBC INC or Banderas Bay Charities, Inc.  Donations are tax deductible and should be earmarked for PEACEAnimals.


DR. POLI - CLÍNICA EN VALLE DORADO




Banderas Bay Charities, Inc (BBC, Inc) offers tax-deductible receipts in the US, Canada, and Mexico.
Amy Welch, Secretary-Treasurer amywelchpdx@comcast.net
505 N Tomahawk Is Dr  Portland, OR 97217    
503 285 4007


THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS:























THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST AND SUPPORT.




Gretchen DeWitt – President – Board of Directors
gretchen@peaceanimals.org
https://www.facebook.com/PeaceAnimals
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Los animales no necesitan tener una camada para completar su ciclo vital, puesto que no existe una relación consciente con la reproducción como parte necesaria de su bienestar emocional.

CALLEJEROS DE MÉXICO CON PERRA EN CELO.  MEXICAN STREET DOGS FOLLOWING SMALL FEMALE DOG IN HEAT.
PARA REPORTAR ABUSO A LOS ANIMALES- LLAME AL CENTRO DE ACOPIO - 293 3690 O A LA POLICA Y PIDA LA PATROLLA VERDE  
LINEA DESIGNADA PARA DIRECIÓNES Y COMO LLEGAR (EN ESPAÑOL) A LAS CLÍNICAS CADA SEMANA:   (322) 113 3955

PARA REPORTAR ABUSO A LOS ANIMALES -  293 3690

NECESITAMOS LUGARES PARA NUESTRAS CLÍNICAS EN COLONIAS Y PUEBLOS. PRECISO:   BAÑO, ELECTRICIDAD, AGUA Y PARA ESTACIONARSE.


INFORMACIÓN EN ESPAÑOL SOBRE LA ESTERILIZACIÓN PARA MASCOTAS Y LAS CLÍNICAS GRATIS EN NUESTRO WEBSITE - www.peaceanimals.org

¡¡¡¡¡  POR FAVOR!!!!!!  NECESITAMOS VOLUNTARIOS, ASÍ HAY MAS TIEMPO PARA LOS VETERINARIOS ESTERILIZAR A LOS ANIMALITOS.  AYUDA, POR FAVOR.

NECESITAMOS SU APOYO.  FAVOR DE DONAR ALMUERZOS PARA NUESTRO EQUIPO. NOS CUESTA 1,120 PESOS LA SEMANA PARA NUESTRO EQUIPO DE 4 PERSONAS.   CON SUS DONACIÓNES DE COMIDA, PODEMOS USAR ESTE DINERO PARA SUMINISTROS.   FAVOR DE CONFIRMAR CUÁL DÍA DE LA SEMANA PUEDEN.  LESLIE VA HACER EL HORARIO PARA ALMUERZOS.  GRACIAS.



 TAMBIÉN NECESITAMOS VOLUNTARIOS, POR FAVOR.

http://www.peaceanimals.org/espa_ol/protocolo_para_voluntarios

GRACIAS POR SU INTERÉS Y SU APOYO.
Gretchen DeWitt – Presidente de la mesa directiva
gretchen@peaceanimals.org
https://www.facebook.com/PeaceAnimals