Are tourists keeping Costa Rican
Dolphins need protected areas and
Recent research on Hawaiian spinner
dolphins indicates that they need protected times and places.
Surprise! One bay is visited by as many as sixty swimmers at a time
who try to play with a small group of dolphins. Seems the dolphins
rest in the early daylight hours, and that’s when many swimmer
tourists head out. Less dolphins may come into the bay and the
dolphins might leave earlier than usual when too many people show up.
Spinners in Hawaii rest in small groups near shore in shallow sandy
bays near deep water. Scientists say these places need protection.
Clearly tourists should be told to leave the dolphins alone in the
early daylight hours and fishing and extraction should be stopped in
the bays. Costa Rican dolphins should have it so good.
Costa Rican spinner dolphins deal with
giant nets towed by ships, helicopters dropping bombs, long lines
full of hooks, shrimp trawlers bulldozing the bottom, surprise drill
ships making a big mess, big banging seismic surveys, cargo ships
blitzing by, sport fishers plowing through the pod with lines and
hooks, tourist boats gawking, and even some divers in the water. How
do you think that effects their beauty sleep?
Don't forget here in Costa Rica spinner
dolphins have no protected place at all.
Costa Rican spinner and spotted
dolphins, who also rest in the early daylight, need tourists to leave
them alone at this time. Sport fishing boats need to stop fishing in
the dolphins as they particularly like the early hours of the day.
Many hotel managers want tours to leave early to get everyone out of
the hotel, but this is the wrong strategy if you are concerned about
dolphins. Tourist operators like divers and fishers should put up on
their web pages that they leave the dolphins alone in the am. Guests
of Costa Cetacea over the years will recall that all tours leave late
and respect the dolphins rest time, much to the frustration of some
hotel managers. The interactions here in Costa Rica are much more
interesting in the PM anyway.
Aloha to the Hawaiians for once again
being the world ocean leaders. Lets hope Costa Rica follows.