Puerto Rican Coqui – Frog
If you have ever been to Puerto Rico you know about their famous frogs. They are called ‘coqui’ meaning little frog and there are around 300 different varieties. They don’t ‘ribbit’ like frogs in California, they say their own name very loudly, over and over again from sunset to sunrise. Here is an audio clip of a coqui; KO-KEE.
Imagine 100’s of these little frogs yelling their name all night long. Eventually, it becomes white noise, but in the beginning, they are loud. Here is the kicker though, I have been coming to Puerto Rico for 15 years (as a surfing tourist) and had never actually seen a coqui. They are extremely elusive.
Because of this, Summer has a conspiracy theory. Here it is; The constant “Ko-KEE” noises that last all night long in actuality are really made by giant cockroaches. Knowing this is bad for tourism, the tourism board of Puerto Rico has fabricated the story about the coqui so as not to deter tourists from visiting.
Who would want to visit an island with singing cockroaches? She is genius, I never would have thought that. Man, cover-up after cover-up, when will the madness end?
The madness ended last night. I came home from the The Pool Bar where I had a great dinner of rice/beans, breadfruit and chicken ka-bobs and there was a coqui waiting for me on the front porch. I think word got out about Summers little conspiracy theory so they sent this little guy over prove her wrong (they probably get some sort of kick-back from tourism taxes or something).
I pulled out my camera, set it to MACRO mode and got up real close and personal with this coqui. I took about a dozen shots, but these two looked the best. At one point, he jumped from a chair to the door and he was lightning fast!