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This blog tells the story of our 22-month sailing journey from Oakland, California, to Bristol, Rhode Island, aboard our beloved Bristol 32 sailboat, Ute. Please feel free to browse through the archives (partway down the sidebar to your left) to see pics and read stories of our adventures in North America and Central America . (Sorry the first 3 months of the trip are missing - they vanished somewhere in an internet cafe in Mexico - but all you're missing is CA, Baja and Western Mex).

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Friday, September 29, 2006

as you can see, night monkeys look a lot like lemurs...however, aside from their both being primates, lemurs and night monkeys aren't closely related. Night monkeys are in a family of their own among New World Monkeys. They are the only truly nocturnal monkeys in the Americas - so I guess we woke them up today when we met them (bad biologist, bad biologist). It must be said, they were ridiculously, absurdly cute. They have Golem-y little sticky fingers, like lemurs, and they make delightful purring, churring noises to each other. They were really neat.....this particular vine-covered tree is home to a young pair of them...they pair bond for life and, unlike other New World monkeys, live in small family groups of just 4-6 individuals. Posted by Picasa


Anonymous said...

Were these monkeys well behaved? Were those poisonous frogs part of your defense against them? Did you bring beer? Did you ever have to run for your lives? I'm dying of curiousity!


Ute said...

believe it or not, i called these monkeys "funny" just like those ones at Linton - I said it right to their faces! - and they still didn't attack.
maybe they just don't understand English.
anyway these guys top off at 2 pounds, so i don't think they would bring on that much attack....

jkb said...

I'm sure this is a dumb question but what's the difference between a new vs. old world monkey?