the Marina Chiapas Estuary

At first glance, the Marina Chiapas Estuary may not seem like a nature lover’s paradise. It’s a dredged channel through dredged basins servicing cruise ships, bulk carriers, small container vessels, the Mexican Navy, shrimpers, purse seiners, and passing yachts. As often as not, spilled diesel and gasoline shine on the surface. Scattered trash shares space with ash from crop fires. At times, the estuary emits what most of us would call an unpleasant odor. Or worse. It is, in other words, a fairly typical harbor. But despite all this it houses thousands of fish, hundreds of mobula rays, untold numbers of undulating jellyfish, and even a few sea turtles. And the estuary is home to more bird species than you can count. But if you try, you will find that the longer you count the longer your species list will become. During the 2020 corona virus crisis, the crew of S/V Rocinante (that would be my wife and I) decided to wait out the worst of the uncertainty in Marina Chiapas. While here, we ticked off boat tasks, studied Spanish, ate and drank way too much, and watched birds. All of the bird and marine wildlife photographs in this small book were taken in the Marina Chiapas Estuary during our two-month stay, from March until May 2020. We hope this will help others enjoy their stay at Marina Chiapas as much as we did. And, importantly, we hope these photographs will encourage others to appreciate nature, wherever and however it might be found. -Lisanne Aerts & Bill Streever S/V Rocinante The Marina Chiapas Estuary

At first glance, the Marina Chiapas Estuary may not seem like a nature lover’s paradise.
It’s a dredged channel through dredged basins servicing cruise ships, bulk carriers, small container
vessels, the Mexican Navy, shrimpers, purse seiners, and passing yachts.
As often as not, spilled diesel and gasoline shine on the
surface. Scattered trash shares space with ash from crop
fires. At times, the estuary emits what most of us would call
an unpleasant odor. Or worse.
It is, in other words, a fairly typical harbor.
But despite all this it houses thousands of fish,
hundreds of mobula rays, untold numbers of
undulating jellyfish, and even a few sea turtles.
And the estuary is home to more bird species
than you can count. But if you try, you will find
that the longer you count the longer your species
list will become.
During the 2020 corona virus crisis, the crew of S/V Rocinante (that would be my wife and I) decided
to wait out the worst of the uncertainty in Marina Chiapas. While here, we ticked off boat tasks,
studied Spanish, ate and drank way too much, and watched birds. All of the bird and marine wildlife
photographs in this small book were taken in the Marina Chiapas Estuary during our two-month stay,
from March until May 2020. We hope this will help others enjoy their stay at Marina Chiapas as much
as we did. And, importantly, we hope these photographs will encourage others to appreciate nature,
wherever and however it might be found.
-Lisanne Aerts & Bill Streever
S/V Rocinante
The Marina Chiapas Estuary