Caring for Coconut Palm Trees at Torres Mazatlan

Coconut palm trees are really tall.   We love to see the trees with coconuts growing, but what would happen if it got windy and the coconuts started to fall?   Ouch!   This tree has a lot of heavy coconuts.

Lots of coconuts on this tree

Lots of coconuts on this tree

One day Zeb and Eider Duck saw men trimming the coconut trees.   They cut down coconuts and many palm fronds.   We first watched them use a ladder to climb part way up the tree.

Using a ladder to begin climbing

Using a ladder to begin climbing

When they reached the top of the ladder, they climbed higher in the tree.   This man got to the top of the ladder and climbed even higher.  You can see that the ladder is still there.   The other men on the ground have not moved it away yet.

And still climbing higher

And still climbing higher

Now he is cutting, both palm fronds and coconuts.

Much cutting

Much cutting

This man just cut a bunch of coconuts off the tree.   You can see one of the bunches of coconuts falling to the ground.

See the bunch of falling coconuts?

See the bunch of falling coconuts?

When he has cut as much as necessary, he starts to climb down the tree.

Starting down

Starting down

As you can see, he really does not climb down, he repels down the tree trunk.

Repelling down the tree

Repelling down the tree

There were three men climbing and trimming the trees.   Several more stayed on the ground removing the fallen coconuts and palm fronds.   This is another man repelling down the trunk to the ground.

More than one tree trimmer

More than one tree trimmer

Torres Mazatlan has many palm trees, but this is the area they were trimming while we watched.

Trimming trees in this area today

Trimming trees in this area today

We loved watching, but we ducks do not want to go to the top of these coconut palm trees.   We like staying on the ground while they climb and trim.

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