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Machaca - A Fig Eating Fish

Machaca Sketch

One of the most exciting moments during my class time was the first morning at La Selva. We crossed the 40ft high suspension bridge in the light. From the swinging green bridge I could see Machaca fish swimming below me. I had read about these fish before. (or like my class liked to call them: "vegetarian piranha trout") I could not believe I was standing above hundreds of them. The highlight to everyday spent in La Selva was crossing The Stone Bridge and seeing the Machaca. My favorite Inquiry Project was also conducted on this very site, which included feeding these Machaca different types of native fruit to see which they preferred and which they struck first.

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