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Capt. Peacock’s Journal: The Legend Of Saci

Capt Peacock Saci In Brazil's Amazon

When something goes wrong in Brazil’s Amazon, just blame it on Saci.

At least that’s what the locals along the Rio Negro do.

You stepped on a nail?

It was Saci that put it there.

Lost your wallet?

It was Saci that took it.

You can’t find something?

Saci hid it from you.

A young girl in the village got pregnant by mysterious man in a top hat?

Saci…well, actually that one is usually blamed on a boto
For everything else however, blame it on Saci.

Saci (pronounced saˈsi), according to the locals, is a one-legged youngster of mixed blood with holes in the palm of his hands. He smokes a pipe and wears a red hat that gives him the power of teleportation and invisibility. It also allows him to turn into a dust devil.
Again, that’s with the locals tell me.
They also tell me that Saci’s red hat smells really, really horrible. When Saci turns invisible his hat and the glow of his piper remain visible. Saci can also turn himself into a bird known as the Matitaperê or Matita Pereira.

Saci’s not a mean person-elf-thing-whatever-the-hell-he-is. He just enjoys tormenting folks via annoying pranks.

As magic and elusive as he is, Saci can still be caught in a multitude of ways. Throwing a rosary at him just as he turns into a dust devil will do the trick. You can also capture him by dropping a knotted rope at his feet. Saci become so transfixed by the knots that he must stop to untie them. When he does is a good time to jump him.

Capt Peacock Saci

Throwing him in a bottle and plugging it with a cross-marked cork will also do the trick as will relieving him of his red hat which renders him powerless.

But, again, his hat is said to stink really bad.
Capturing Saci might get you a wish or two or it might cause him to curse you so try catching him at your own risk.


I think I’ll let him be.

I have no need for a one-legged man with holes in his hands even if he does possess magic powers.
I’ll stick to fishing for Peacock Bass.

That’s a lot more fun.

I know this because I know Amazônia.

I’m Capt Peacock.

A vida é melhor vivida na Amazônia.

Capt Peacock’s Journal: The Legend Of Lara

Capt Peacock's Journal The Legend Of Lara

By Capt Peacock

Brazil is home to some of the most beautiful women on the planet and that’s especially true of Amazônia.

But the allure of that beauty can be deadly.

Her name is Lara.

But some know her as Uiara or Yara.

Regardless of a region’s name for her, all agree that Lara is gorgeous.

She sometimes described as having brown hair and copper-colored skin.

Other times strawberry blonde with skin the color of the pale moon.

Sometimes she has brown eyes.

Other times, green or blue.

She is, without doubt, the most beautiful woman any man has every seen.

And if that wasn’t enough to tempt a man, she is also said to have an enchanting singing voice.

Men that see her beauty or hear her sweet sirens, become so entranced with her that they completely forget their life on land and follow her to the depths.

Some say she lets them live underwater.

Some say not.


I say never trust a beautiful woman you find alone on the banks of the Amazon.

It’s better to fish instead.

I know this because I know Amazônia.

I’m Capt Peacock.

A vida é melhor vivida na Amazônia.

Species Spotlight: Black Caiman

Black Caiman Capt Peacock

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.

Capt Peacock Brazil's Amazon

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!