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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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