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Species Spotlight: Black Caiman

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By Capt Peacock

Species Spotlight: Black Caiman

Reaching upwards of 20 feet in length and weights of over 800 pounds, the black caiman (Melanosuchus niger) is the largest predator and one of the largest animals in all of Brazil’s Amazon as well as one of the largest members of the family Alligatoridae. Its dark gray to black in color scaly skin is thought to act as camouflage during nocturnal hunts and to absorb and regulate heat during the day. The eyes are much larger than other crocodilian species and aid in hunting at night. The lower jaw is banded in gray and brown while the belly and flanks are pale yellow to white in color. It is an in-discriminant apex predator and will hunt and eat almost anything including fish, reptiles, birds, and even large mammals. Killing is done by ambush. Prey is either swallowed whole or stored underwater to rots until such times as it can be easily pulled apart.

Capt Peacock Black Caiman

It mates during the dry season with females building a nest mound on dry land to lay eggs.

Despite the black caiman’s size and predatory nature it goes out of its way to avoid man.

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Species Spotlight: Piraiba

By Capt Peacock

Piraiba Capt Peacock Brazil's Amazon

Also known as Lau-Lau, Giant Catfish, and Amazon Catfish, the Piraiba (Brachyplatystoma filamentosum) is the largest catfish species in all of Brazil’s Amazon and one frequently targeted by guests of Capt Peacock Yachts & Expeditions. The Piraiba is a true monster capable of reaching lengths of almost 12 feet and weights of more than 400 pounds. Despite this leviathan size, the Piraiba is extremely agile and fiercely fast and has been known to leap from the water after prey.

Piraiba are silvery-gray in color with a white colored abdomen. Lips are occasionally reddish. It possess a smooth, scale-free skin and carries long maxillary barbels that extend well past the dorsal fin and occasionally almost to the caudal fin. The caudal fin of adults is deeply forked. Piraiba also poses a “milk gland” at the anterior upper part of its pectoral fins. The function of this gland is unknown but gives it the unique moniker of   lechero in Colombia, which means “milkman.” It is a first rate predator yet, like most catfish, is an opportunistic carnivore and will eat pretty much anything be it living or dead. It is often found in deep holes in lotic (fast moving) water.

Piraiba Capt Peacock Fishing Brazil's Amazon

Given its size and strength, only the strongest and most determined of anglers target Piraiba and those that do opt for heavy saltwater fishing rigs. Once hooked, Piraiba bolt for underwater cover. Because of this they must be reeled in as quickly as possible to avoid line breakage. Targeting Piraiba is not a sport for the weak or faint of heart!

SHOP With Capt Peacock!

Capt Peacock Brazil's Amazon

Capt. Peacock Yachts & Expeditions is pleased to announce the opening of its new Online Market.

Through this porthole, guests and clients will be able to purchase a plethora of goods and services ranging from fish replicas to First Class airfare.

And that’s just the beginning.

Capt. Peacock President Leonardo Leao promises, “In the future our Online Market will carry all necessitates for travel to Brazil’s Amazon; fishing shirts, t-shirts, buffs, hats, lure kits, luggage tags – all designed specifically for Amazonia and thoroughly tested by me and my crew in the field – and a host of extra services such as Visa Expediter, cancellation protection voucher, extra tours in Manaus, and extra night hotel and transfers, combining trips to Argentina and/or Rio.” Leao explains that those items will be available when the Online Market Phase 2 launches in the months to come.

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We decided to start the Online Market services. Capt. Peacock has always been about providing our customers with the best of all, that’s how we decided to roll out the Market.”

Through the company’s exclusive arrangements with American Airlines, Capt. Peacock guarantees the best deals on airfare from anywhere in the country to Manaus, Brazil. Guests planning the Trip of a Lifetime can start by entering a few details at the secure portal HERE.

But don’t let the filling out of online forms dissuade you from thinking that a computer will be handling all your travel arrangements.

“Absolutely not!” Leao assures.  “Booking through the Online Market is just an easier way for guests to provide us with the details we need to book their’ flights. Guests will still receive the same personalized service as if they had given us their travel information over the phone…And we’re still happy to handle travel arrangements that way if guests prefer. We’ve just found through our decade plus in this industry that most people find it easier to send us information via computer.  All we’ve done is make that process even easier.”

Quoting your trip to Brazil takes only 5 easy steps, and can be done securely HERE.

Capt Peacock Brazil's Amazon

And that same ease applies to ordering a Peacock Bass replica.

Or replica of any of the Amazon’s major game fish.

This service came about as the result of pure demand…and several bad fish mounts. “There is nothing worse than getting a bad fish replica,” Capt. Peacock Media & Marketing Manager Gayne C. Young explains.  “And I’ve seen some really, really bad ones.  Mounts done by taxidermists that have never been to the Amazon and have no idea what these fish truly look like.  Mounts that look like they got the patterns off of Wikipedia or some other site online.”

Because of this, the company has teamed with a group of taxidermists that have visited the Amazon with Capt Peacock numerous times over.  During these adventures, these artisans took molds, hundreds if not thousands of photographs, weighed and measured countless species, and in general did all that could to insure that the replicas they craft in their studios back in the US mirror the fish taken on the Rio Negro.

“We were very selective in who we chose to work with,” Young continues. “And the artists we’ve chosen are just that – artists.  They craft the finest replicas I – and our guides, guys that have been around these fish all their lives – have ever seen.”

Ordering a replica of your or your loved one’s or the World Record Peacock Bass or other Amazonian is easy, takes only a few minutes, and can be done securely HERE.

An Online Market that offers the best in service and products is a Capt. Peacock exclusive and just part of what the company promises will be the Trip of a Lifetime.

Species Spotlight: Amazon River Dolphin

By Capt Peacock
Dolphin Amazon

One of the most exotic species of Amazônia – and one found nowhere else in the world – is the Amazon River Dolphin (Inia geoffrensis). Also known as the Pink Dolphin and locally as Boto, these freshwater mammals are as mysterious as they are mythical. It is the largest of the world’s freshwater dolphins with males reaching weights of more than 400 pounds and lengths of over eight feet. Males are larger than females and are often more vibrant in color.  Despite the moniker of Pink Dolphin, it is born dark gray in color. Skin color lightens with age and eventually turns pink with repeated skin abrasion. Water temperature, transparency, and geographic location are also factors in color variants. Read More