Interesting facts about Puerto Rico.
Did You Know?
By: Harley Blank
~ Mosquito Bay in Vieques is one of the few places in the world where you can see the bioluminescent bay at its most intense. The water gives off a neon blue glow when you move it because the motion disturbs organisms, called dinoflagellates, and their defense mechanism starts a chemical change reaction.
~ The largest living reptile in the world, the leatherback sea turtle, can be found in Puerto Rico; the north coast and the islands of Vieques and Culebra are main nesting grounds for these sea turtles. They can also be found throughout the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Ocean. The leatherback has been around for more than 150 million years, surviving the extinction of dinosaurs!
~ Puerto Rico is known to have the world’s largest telescope named, the Arecibo Observatory. This is perfect for anyone who loves astronomy. This telescope has 40,000 aluminum panels that each measure 3 ft by 6 ft and has even featured in some movies like "GoldenEye" and "James Bond".
~ Although many consider Puerto Rico a country, it is not. It is a territory of the United States. English is a joint official language in Puerto Rico, alongside Spanish, but nearly 90% of Puerto Rico’s population cannot speak English at an advanced level. Also, the currency in Puerto Rico is the U.S. Dollar. Which makes it easier for us to purchase items.
~ Not only does Puerto Rico have the only tropical rainforest, El Yunque, in the U.S. Forest System; this rainforest is free from snakes, bears and any other type of threatening animals.
~ Driving in Puerto Rico may get a little confusing. You still drive on the right side of the road, but unlike the United States, the signs are in Spanish and gas is in liters.
~ There are over 200 caves to explore in Rio Camuy Cave Park.
The Puerto Rican coquí (ko-kee) frog is a small tree frog that is 1 to 2 inches long and brown, yellow, or green in color. Unlike many frogs, they do not have webbed feet, they have tow pads on their feet that allow them to climb up structures and cling to trees. All around Puerto Rico, especially at night, you’ll hear a high-pitched and distinctly melodic whistling, this is the song of the coquí (once you hear the call, the name will make more sense). As it lives all over the islands and nowhere else — it’s unique to Puerto Rico.