Lago de Nicaragua (Lake nicaragua)
Lake Nicaragua Facts
- Despite being a fresh water lake, Lake Nicaragua has sharks, tarpons, and saw fish!
- Initially scientist thought they were a unique species of sharks but later realized that they are Bull Shark, a species known for entering fresh water in other parts of the world.
- They were presumed to have been trapped in the Lake Nicaragua by volcanic activity that shut it off from the Pacific Ocean.
- It was later revealed that the sharks jump along the rapids of the San Juan River (which connects Lake Nicaragua and the Caribbean Sea) almost like salmon.
- Nicaraguans call the Lake Lago Cocibolca or Mar Dulce (literally, Sweet Sea; in Spanish, freshwater is agua dulce).
- The lake has sizable waves driven by the easterly winds blowing west to the Pacific Ocean
- The lake holds Ometepe and Zapatera which are both volcanic islands, as well as the archipelago of the Solentiname Islands.
- The lake has a reputation for periodically powerful, unnavigable storms.
- Lake Nicaragua is the largest lake in Central America
Since our home base will be in Granada, a city on the edge of this unique lake, we will definitely get a chance to see the lake itself. So now the questions is will we see the sharks of Lake Nicaragua?
Only time will tell....
Forget snakes on a plane, we have sharks in the lake!
Wait a minute... do you hear the theme song from Jaws playing?!