April 6th - April 7th:
The rains having truly set in, meant we were completly deluged while doing a mainland transect. For those of you have seen Jurassic Park, life was very much like the scene where Dennis (Fat Guy) tries to escape the island. But without the Dilophosaurus, obviously.
When walking on my own on the Island transect the same day, I almost stepped on a Dumeril's Monitor which was right on transect. After an unsuccesful capture attempt I let him be. This was the 1st and only time I have seen this species in Thailand.
The following day while walking the mainland transect with Ricky, we heard the sound of bamboo smashing to pieces. When we went closer to investigate the noise. More and more bamboo began to explode and shatter, to the point where we could now see the bamboo in the distance shaking and flying everywhere. We started to run after the sound and as we came to a downward slope we saw numerous tracks in the mud and it was then we realized what we were chasing.... Chang. Or in english.. ELEPHANTS!!
As we continuted to follow the elephants down the slope hoping to get a glipse, we realized how dangerous and impossible the task would be. The elephants were having no trouble keeping a head of us even as we ran at full pace (even when they started going up hill). So after we both glipsed a bit of elephant skin dissapearing over the ridge we decide to turn back and return to transect... both filled with adreneline!!