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Dolphin People Episode 1 Osa Costa Rica now on You Tube

clock June 22, 2013 11:39 by author BlueEcoBlog

Dolphin People Show from Costa Cetacea now on You Tube.  Click it to check it. 

 All ocean images from 2013 on GoPro Hero2s, in the blue water pelagic ecosystem of offshore Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, Pacific Ocean.

Dive on Dolphin People

No more nets or lines for a Osa Pelagic Park!  EIS before Ocean Drilling!!!  Duh

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVxIqBwewpo&feature=c4-overview&list=UUZBaRfBkz4SPsBdQaa8v-4

 

 

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New Billfish Hero Shot-The Costa Rican Standard for the Future

clock August 7, 2012 09:35 by author BlueEcoBlog

A Different Kind of Trophy Shot

From The Tico Times: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - By Shawn Larkin

It s happened so many times before, but not quite like this.

You pull the thick, taut line until the giant beast is in your arms. Careful: The thing is bigger than you and could explode with movement. You haul up the great animal in a sort of hug as you look up at the camera with your trophy from the sea bravely displayed. Click. Trophy shot.

The human-with-big-fish trophy shot has been played out more times in Costa Rica than anyone can count. But these photos are dying out because sportfishers want to use their resource sustainably, and the old trophy shots hurt the fish when they were hauled out of the water. People were beginning to think the trophy shot was a thing of the past.

Check out the new trophy shot of Costa Rican adventure ecotourism. Everything is the same as the old style, except that instead of on deck, you do it underwater, along the longlines set by commercial fishermen.

There is no catch, just release. You then resuscitate the fish by moving it through the water, great for more shots or even video.

You have to resuscitate the great fish because, for who knows how long, it has swum around in tiny circles at the end of a short line, with a steel hook through its mouth. The animal is so exhausted that it may die. That s why you don t worry so much about the danger of grabbing hold of some of the fastest animals in the sea; you can tell when they don t have much kick left in them.

When you feel the fish start to get a little life back, you let go and move away. The fish angles down to the depths and shakes a bit.

Then it starts to swim away into the blue. Another marlin pulls in alongside the first. It had been circling its hooked partner.

By letting the fish off the hook, you may be helping to generate millions of future dollars for the national economy through future sportfishing and ecotourism.

You move a short swim down the long line and find another short line with a sailfish on the end of a hook, its mate circling. So you do it all again. Underwater, the line runs out of sight with more hooks and giant fish.

When you lift your head up from the water and take your mask off, you see that the longline stretches out of sight, with little white buoys holding up the line every 500 meters into the distance. Many of the fish are dead on the hook, but there are still plenty more live ones to release. They will surely die without you.

You keep at it because you want to see big sharks. Diving along long lines remains one of the best ways left to see big sharks in Costa Rica. But you don t see any big sharks, because hardly any are left. You wonder if, soon, any marlin and sailfish will remain.

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Spinner Dolphin Experience. Swimming and seabobbing with thousands of dolphins in Costa Rica

clock May 13, 2012 15:12 by author BlueEcoBlog

Spinner dolphin experience with Costa Cetacea in the offshore open ocean of Osa Costa Rican blue water pelagic.  The best spinner dolphin footage yet known.  The best footage of people on seabobs with dolphins.  The spinner dolphins are sea masters and we are their sea servents.  Pelagic Park Please for Osa divers and yachts and local fishers!  Also check out the billfish swimming with dolphins.  Click right here to see it.  Once again Costa Cetacea are the ocean leaders, we will follow.

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Saving Sharks 101 Complete Text

clock November 20, 2011 09:48 by author BlueEcoBlog
Saving Sharks 101
 
First published in The Tico Times

Sharks’ primal attraction stems from the fear evoked from an animal so powerful it could eat you, as well as being tasty meat you want to eat. But once you know sharks, respect and awe trump fear and hunger, most of the time.

By Shawn Larkin

Many cultures with a maritime heritage seem surprisingly sympathetic about sharks to landlubbers who normally only take the time to fear them or eat them.

Those who come to know the ocean soon love sharks. From ancient Polynesians and Panamanians to the modern dive tribe, sharks and people get along really well together. The dive tribe first focused modern conservation attention on sharks long ago, and we continue to be sharks greatest champions, as most recently evidenced by reports from Colombia’s Mal Pelo Biological Reserve by Russian divers (TT, Oct. 14).

Sharks’ primal attraction stems from the fear evoked from an animal so powerful it could eat you, as well as being tasty meat you want to eat. But once you know sharks, respect and awe trump fear and hunger, most of the time.

Over decades of taking people to swim with sharks, I have seen many self-proclaimed “sharkophobes,” who upon seeing the dreaded object of their fears in the big blue, jump right in – with their children. What causes such a sudden shift in attitudes?

Education came first in the form of a dive briefing on how to get in the water relatively safely with big sharks. Then came a demonstration. Then curiosity takes over. Finally, holdouts succumb to peer pressure – or is it peers uneaten?

The reward seems to be the power to tell stories that trump nearly all others at dinner that night, as in: “You caught a big fish? You saw a sloth? You rode a zip line? We swam with sharks.” Another reward is the wisdom that may come from contemplating one of the most enduring and diverse evolutionary masterpieces produced by our blue planet.

Sharks have been around much, much longer than humans. Their design has been so successful that they have branched into more than 300 production models ranging from the rare little horn shark at Cocos Island National Park to the largest fish in the sea – whale sharks – whose only known birthing waters appear to be near the Osa Peninsula of the south Pacific coast. 

Other famous Costa Rican sharks include: big schools of scalloped hammerheads; silky Galapagos; silver-tip sharks of Cocos; the bull sharks of Santa Rosa National Park, in the northwestern province of Guanacaste, and of the river mouths of both coasts; the Pacific white tips of most famed Pacific dive sites; and the nurse sharks of the Caribbean reefs. Cocos Island is often called Isle of the Sharks or Shark Island.

Ironically, although decades ago divers at Cocos greatly helped launch the global changing of perception of sharks from negative to positive, Costa Rica is now much more famous as an enemy of sharks, as we sell them for profit garnered from the exotic tastes of wealthy foreigners. Shark fins for soup can be worth more than double the price of the next most-valuable Tico seafood: fresh, cold tuna. Since the fins are desired dried like jerky, fishers need no costly refrigeration or ice, just space. But this space is at a premium, so all manner of getting rid of anything but fins is irresistible to the greedy and wasteful.

The way sharks are fished here is also greedy and wasteful. Long-lines with lots of hooks left to drift and kill indiscriminately is not sustainable, and neither is netting congregations of marine life with giant purse seine nets. Our neighboring countries are already banning these foolishly unsustainable methods. Costa Rica is appearing to be the slacker nation in Latin America when it comes to helping conserve valuable marine life. We should have been the world leader. We could change that.

The Polynesian Marshall Islands recently parleyed their culture’s reverence of sharks into sustained economic generation through marine conservation. This seafaring nation declared all of its waters a shark refuge and banned foolish fishing. The remote islands have focused on where the most steady and nationally distributed money is coming from: divers, sportfishing, artisan fishing, surfers and ecotourists. The money goes into conserving what makes the money, not exterminating the sharks with the golden fins. The Marshall Islands is now home to the biggest real shark sanctuary on planet Earth. You can be sure countless travel vacations and investments are being planned accordingly.

The Polynesians and the Panamanians, and many other ocean nations, see the writing on the water. The only way to conserve big marine animals is with big marine protected areas and corridors. No matter how much money is spent on counting, tagging, satellite transmitting, diving, boating, filming, fuel, foundations, studies, publications and summits, they will all come to the same conclusion: make managed protected areas and corridors or your big-money animals like sharks, which people love so much, will disappear.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sORG-WJIXBk

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Why is Costa Rica so cold right now?

clock October 22, 2011 07:46 by author BlueEcoBlog

Why is Costa Rica so cold right now?

Pacific coast chills out fully.

A giant mass of cool, known as the Pacific Ocean, is helping bring down the air temperature of everything nearby.

While many days of no sun are not helping, during the same time sea surface temperatures have dropped all over Costa Rica's Pacific. You can feel the freshness when you walk down to the beach. As Blue Eco Blog mentioned over a month ago, La Nina has told Costa Rica to chill out. Now do you believe?

La Nina means the waters offshore of Costa Rica and the Eastern Tropical Pacific are cooler than normal. This happened last year, faded, then turned on again last month. Weather computer models are predicting the La Nina phenomenon will last at least until next year.

The conditions for here means lots of marine life and the sea is often rougher than normal. That and more rain than normal.

And the rare sight of surfers and divers in full wet suits.

 

Click here to meet whales and dolphin who want to get to know you.

 

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Strange Message Found in Dolphin's Bubbles!

clock January 21, 2011 20:01 by author BlueEcoBlog

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The Talking Dolphins Speak Again!!!

The dolphins have spoken again. This time, after we had the most amazing encounter EVER, a group swam right over to us and said:

"When top down does not work you go bottom up.”

After lengthy and deep thought and a swim we think we know what they mean.

Waiting for politicians and ministers to help the dolphins is proving rather slow and there is not much time for this tribe that is losing members to the tuna dozers on a regular basis.

So it time to take it to da people.

Calling all sport fishers, dive shops, cruise boats, hotels and so on and so forth.

Stop letting places serve tuna and shrimp with no shame.

If you are a sport fisher type in Costa Rica and you give your money to a place that serves canned tuna or shrimp you are terminating your own sport. The same goes for divers who like to see marine life. And anyone who likes to travel on the water or considers themselves eco tourists.

If a place serves tuna or shrimp during your Costa Rica travels call them out.

When you call about bookings ask.

Is cheap tuna and shrimp really so important to Costa Rica's eco businesses?

We know what the dolphins answer is.

Click the pic below to find out mas. 

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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.

Click on a local to learn more.

 

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Big Rain

clock November 20, 2010 15:02 by author BlueEcoBlog

Costa Rica's Blue Eco Blog- Echoing Eco for Oceans and Waters.

Newsplash- Thank you for waiting. It appears apparently perhaps that a very old and wise dolphin swam over and said to Blue Eco Blog, we think:

“We feel deeply for the tragedy that has befallen Costa Rica´s land dwellers due the profuse and extended rains. The oceans tribes too suffer greatly from untold and incomprehensible toxins and pollutions washed to sea quickly by these great rains. We must all work together to recover.”

 

An alternative translation of the whistles and click of the communicative dolphin follows:

 

“Return to this spot at the same time tomorrow with all the wasabi you can bring then later stop changing the climate.”

 

Blue Eco Blog standing by for your blue eco echo.

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Talking with Dolphins

clock November 7, 2010 15:22 by author BlueEcoBlog

News Splash from Costa Rica's Blue Eco Blog- Echoing Eco for Oceans and Waters.

A conversation with a bunch of dolphins.  Really communicating with dolphins.

After many years of very serious study Blue Eco Blog has translated some things from dolphins! Yes we have achieved inter species communication. Thank you. We have had many amazing beautiful mysterious incredible wonderful fantastic overwhelming awesome TOTALLY COOL encounters where they swam right up to us and said, we think, :

We the denizens of the deep want hotels and dining and businesses and people to treat waters with respect. Cut the shit. We like permaculture not monoculture. We ask could you let up already on the giant nets and lines that are collapsing our living room ecosystem? We, ah, beg you slow spewing carbon into the air,  its making acid in the water. Mucho mas marine protected areas would be really cool. And really, enough plastic, thank you very much.

We were also wondering if anyone knows a good place to get wasabi underwater?”

This is a rough translation, Blue Eco Blog will keep at it.

What do you think the dolphins and the denizens of the deep want to say?    Please no chicken of the sea jokes.

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