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Joides Resolution starts drilling work off Osa, and Caño Island Biological Reserve

clock March 18, 2011 08:54 by author BlueEcoBlog

Check out the Joides Resolution as it works of the Osa Peninsula.  

International team of scientists take a look at whats under the center of the dolphin superpod area.

Have a look below who has shown up in Osa´s Blue Water Pelagic.

Here's a note that was sent to the JR team and blog.

Imagine my surprise when I arrived at the office the other morning and there was the Joides Resolution right in the middle.

Of my office!

Probably needless to say, but I was quite impressed.

Wow, what a boat. That has got to be the best crows nest ever!

Then I saw your amazing web page, cool blog and outstanding videos and I was even more impressed.

The Ocean Man song rocks! Who is that band?

But your mission is the most impressive of all. Awesome and obviously more important then ever after the Japan quake and Tsunami.

I have studied the pelagic area where you are right now off Caño Island Biological Reserve, for more than 17 years. I guide people to see dolphins superpods and other pelagic life that congregates more often right where you are than anywhere else I know of. My clients are superyachts, film crews, movies, scientists and ecotourists.

I have wondered for a long time what make the epipelagic here so productive? What does it look like down there? Whats down there? Are you folks getting video?

Why might this be Costa Rica's number one dolphin superpod area?

Does any of your incredible team have any insight to these question?

Now for the bad news.

For the first time ever, we spotted no cetaceans in the area where you have been drilling. I can not help but assume JR might be suspect. Most of the time we find 1000s of dolphins for instance. My clients who have come a long way and spent and lot of their money were of course disappointed. This is our busiest season, where we get a chance, with luck, to save up for the many rainy days of rainy season. There are quite a few people that will be effected if the dolphins and whales stay away for the duration of you time drilling off the Osa peninsula. I myself will lose a large chunk of business.

I am especially bummed for the BBC film crew paying me to show them superpods right there for the first two weeks of April. Right where you are we filmed the spinner dolphin superpod shots for the Disneynature movie Oceans at this exact time of year, over two years.

Would it not be a good idea to consult the local community when you are drilling “very very close” to land? Especially a national protected area. First published was that you would be 100 miles from land. We would have than had the chance to schedule around it.

Did anyone do an environmental impact study? This is required under law here, as I understand it.

Do you have any Cetacean monitors on board? Do you ramp up an alarm sound to give any animals time to swim away before you blow lose any stuck drills? Do you have to empty the dirty bilge water right there “very, very close to land?”

Could you wait until May?

I also write for newspaper and blog and I look forward to publishing your answers and info about your mission.

I really wish to cause no problems as your mission is so interesting, important and valuable.

Thanks so much for all your great web site, blog and video info.

I wish you nothing but success.

Blue Eco Blog will keep you posted on the answers. 

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Giant Dolphins back in Osa´s Ocean, up to same tricks

clock December 14, 2010 08:54 by author BlueEcoBlog

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Newsplash-- Return of the Giant Dolphins 

The same false killer whales tribe that has been visiting the Osa coast north of Corcovado to Drake Bay for many years is back again in action. These giant dolphins are better called Pseudorca, the genus in science speak, because there is nothing false about them.

They are among the coolest creatures you will ever meet on this planet or any other. They are the biggest thing that acts like a dolphin. Sure whales and orcas leap and splash but the pseudorcas do things like head first reentries and play touch tag in the air with each other. The big whales and orcas and pilot whales do not do such acrobatics. Pseudorca are also the most fearless of all Cetaceans, whales and dolphins, in Costa Rica. They have no problem getting right in your face. If they do you will not forget it.

The pseudies are here in Drake Bay again this week and they are up to the same old antics. Eating big eyed jack at Caño Island Biological Reserve. Raising newborn young. Corralling rooster fish in teams along the coast of Caletas. Chowing tuna sashimi in the blue water pelagic. Surfing the waves from boats with fever. And passing around fish like a football during a game.

These dudes are also navigating a bunch of nets and long lines legally strewn between Caño and Corcovado National Park. You would think that we would protect everything in between these these two economic and biodiversity gems. Costa Rica only protects an absolutely miniscule ring around these teeny tiny marine protected areas. And there is no plan to close the gap. The extreme athlete giant Tico dolphins can swim through these little places in half an hour, or less.

I know, I know, you´re like, what? In Costa Rica's most biodiverse park there is only 500 meters of ocean from the beach protected? The same park with the most wild coastline in Costa Rica, you might see long liners 600 meters off the beach?

Sorry. Yes. For real. Word.

And even though we just got a boatload of money to make marine protected areas, the new ones are so small they barely show up on the map.

OK. There are two exceptions. The Golfo Dulce and Cocos Island National Park actually do protect some serious areas. But that's it.

Like the Golfo and Cocos, the area offshore of the Osa and Caño is unique in world. Plus it is the most important area in all of Costa Rica for whales and dolphins. They are found here in a diversity and quantity found nowhere else. And the tuna nets and the long lines and the trawlers are killing it. Help.

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