RIVER DOLPHINS, UNDERWATER ISLANDS & TEMPLE MONKEYS
Yesterday we went out on the giant Mekong, looking for dolphins. Even though I’ve seen images of this mighty river, it was unreal how large it was when we got on it. There are thousands of islands that get covered each year by the waters. I have never seen trees half-submerged in the middle of a strongly flowing river.
The Irrawaddy river dolphins are endangered here, like the elephants. And like the elephants, many were killed during the Khmer Rouge - the dolphins used for their oil.
From the boat, we saw a pod swimming around, and I wondered what it’s like for them - the motor boats, plastic bottles and us humans looking for them. Like they’re supposed to save us in some way. 🧞♂️🐬🧞♂️ After the river, we stopped at a forest temple with 361 steps and many more mosquitoes.
When we walked back down the steps, I heard the contagious laughter of monks. They were laughing at the monkeys taking a bath. I have to say, after having several run-ins with monkeys over the years, these seemed much nicer. 😂 (video above by @touk_keo )
We were also met by kittens - one who followed us down the steps without us even noticing at first. Tiny baby monkeys and tiny baby kittens - apparently they play together, the monks told us. 🙈🐱