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Dolphins-Should we swim and sing with them or put hooks and nets in with them?

clock July 20, 2012 14:00 by author BlueEcoBlog

Dolphins from this pod still being killed in July 2012.
Should Costa Rica kill them for tuna?
The video in the link below is Shawn Larkin freediving and singing with the spinner dolphin superpod of Osa, Costa Rica. Some people net dolphins, some people put lines and hooks in the water with dolphins. Some people sing and swim with them. What do you think is the right answer?

Why does KETO Costa Rica and Mar Viva and PROMAR,do nothing to help these spinner dolphins? They will take your money though and praise themselves for dolphin conservation, but what about our largest dolphin pod?.

Why do so many Costa Ricans cry about Faeroe Island and Japan and Greenland Cetacean kills, yet do NOTHING YEAR AFTER YEAR, to help their own resident spinner dolphin superpod from being killed in net and lines?

Why have so called Costa Rican dolphin conservation organizations not said one word about our Osa spinner dolphin superpod, the biggest resident dolphin superpod IN THE WORLD!

$$$$ and corruption
Thats why.

Sharks are getting a lot harder to fish in Costa Rica, as the thieves have hardly left any.
The money now is in tuna that swim with dolphins, and its a lot more profit if you Ticos keep looking the other way por favor.

At least the other countries try to defend their sick atrocities. We Costa Ricans try to hide ours by whining and directing attention to others.

Pelagic Parks For Everyone!


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Will the Sea-lebraties help these Costa Rican whales and dolphins that Captain Paul Watson fights for? Free Paul Watson and free the Costa Rican spinner dolphin superpod of Osa with a pelagic park

clock May 20, 2012 19:21 by author BlueEcoBlog

What happens when you sing underwater to wild dolphins? They sing back. Listen to this wild spinner dolphin swim over and repeat the muscial call of Shawn Larkin as they swim together in the blue water pelagic of the open ocean of Osa, Costa Rica. This is true communication with dolphins. Wild dolphins do not speak English or Spanish or Russian, they speak music. This is close encounters of the third kind right here on earth, wild dolphin musical communication. Songwriting with dolphins.

These dolphins that write songs with humans are under attack from nets and lines. Unlike Paul Watson, Costa Ricans really have given our own dolphins the death sentence. While everyone should be outraged at the injustice of hunting sea mammals like Paul Watson for defending his own, do all the Sea-lebrites care about the dolphins and whales that the Captain fights for? Time to free Paul Watson and make a Pelagic Park, only then can Costa Rica begin to attone for our oceanic sins. Our dolphins need a pelagic park here in Costa Rica before it is too late.

Stay tuned for much more vibes from

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Costa Rican foolish fad of fishing FADs. Massive marine life slaughter of dolphins, whales, billfish, sharks and turtles!

clock January 24, 2012 09:47 by author BlueEcoBlog

FADs popular with marine life in Costa Rica’s oceans

Posted: The Tico Times, Friday, December 23, 2011 - By Shawn Larkin
THE BIG BLUE: Natural fish aggregating devices, or FADs, abound offshore of Costa Rica, attracting clouds of marine life.
Shawn Larkin

Divers check out a floating piece of tree, and the schools of fish drawn to it, off southwestern Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula.

Those who ply the sea know floating things attract or aggregate fish. Fish aggregating devices, known as FADs, are often thought of as manmade objects, but that is not always the case.

Shawn Larkin

Shawn Larkin

For most of history, the fad in FADs was natural, in the form of forest products: a branch or a tree falls into a river and makes its way to the sea. Any Tico captain knows to be ever watchful for floating branches and tree trunks that can damage a prop or hull, especially during the high runoff of rainy season, even when far offshore. But jump in with a piece of tree in the sea and you may be shocked.

Vast clouds of marine life will surround floating things that are smaller than you. When you jump in, all the life will often surround you like moths to a flame. Sometimes people jump right back in the boat when they realize there is no reef to dive down to. But you are the reef, and there may be so many fish surrounding you that you cannot see someone right next to you. 

FADs offshore of southwestern Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula often draw diver favorites like silky sharks and manta rays, two species recently declared endangered. Super- and megapods of dolphins become natural FADs, and they check out other FADs. 

Why do many whales and dolphins, more than 300 species of fish like sharks, rays and billfish, all sea turtle species and countless crustaceans, seaweeds, invertebrates and other marine life hang out at natural and manmade FADs? Structure, protection, food and social opportunities seem to be the big attractions. Life like seaweed and barnacles quickly starts growing on almost all floating things. Other life shows up to eat what’s there. Still others may come for a bit of shade or a place to hide. Then come bigger things, and then even bigger things. A lot of marine life seems programmed with the instinct to check out FADs, probably because of the good chances to find lunch or a mate, or to not be eaten.

So where you have FADs, you have a lot of marine life. The longer the FAD is in the water, the more life it accumulates. Places with a lot of rivers and forests produce many natural FADs year-round, but mostly during rainy season and severe weather. The rivers of Costa Rica run full of FADs that will later drift many kilometers out to sea and grow their own clouds of marine life.

Natural FADs probably increase Costa Rica’s marine biodiversity and bioproductivity more than most people realize. Other places that are not so blessed with natural FADs make their own for local artisan and sport fishers and divers. Hawaii put in a system of FADs offshore of the islands in the 1970s. Today, each one of these many manmade FADs produces thousands of kilograms of fish a year with no by-catch, as well as recreation for local communities.

The purse seine commercial fishing industry also deploys manmade FADs, but on a massive scale over the entire Pacific. After the FADs grow their clouds of life, the ships put it all in a net. If they find a natural FAD, they do the same thing. This has a rather different outcome than the Hawaiian method.

The Hawaiian way kills no marine life other than food fish, and the local communities get the food and money the FAD generates. The Costa Rican purse seine netters’ way destroys the entire marine chain of life around the FAD, and no money or food goes to local Costa Ricans.

That is one fad I hope will end soon.

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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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