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Costa Rica Has A Hot Spot For Dolphin Super Parties

clock January 31, 2011 13:38 by author BlueEcoBlog

Dolphin Superpod Party Animals Get It On In Costa Rica.

Far offshore of Drake Bay, Corcovado National Park and Caño Island Biological Reserve, in unprotected waters, dolphins gather by the thousands. Not just one or two species. Not just three or four. Or even five or six. Seven. Yes seven, 7, species of dolphins gather here in super pods that defy the imagination of those who have not seen it.

The dolphins are doing it to do it. A superpod seems to be a big party for courting and mating. Lots of dancing and athletic prowess. Plenty of witty conversation and feasting. Probably a lot of assessment of potential mates going on, cause a lot of mating happens when dolphins superpod. All this probably prevents genetic bottlenecks within isolated groups, otherwise how would they find new dolphins they are not related to? Seems like all big brained, long lived, slowly reproducing mammals seem to make superpods of one sort or another. Elephants, the Great Apes, the Great Seals, and Cetaceans.

And of course, humans. Did you ever read about ancient fertility and harvest festivals? These gatherings of isolated human groups were do doubt our version of super pods. That area near where you live where people are known to inbreed and produce genetic defects may be the lasting results of mono religions co opting the real reason for the festivals.

Anyway, again, in Osa Costa Rica we see seven species of dolphin superpods.

Say them out loud with me- Spinner Dolphin, Spotted Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin, Risso´s Dolphin, Rough Toothed Dolphin, Common Dolphin, and Pilot Whales. Pilot whales are big members of the dolphin family, Delphinidae, the oceanic dolphins.

And there are not many places in the world where you can see a superpod of even one kind of dolphin on any kind or regular basis. And most of the known ones to see just one species are kind of cold. Yes, Costa Rica is one of the best places in the world to find super pods of dolphins. Maybe the best in the world.

For now.

Sadly, we are killing the dolphins to catch tuna cheap.

The superpods are shrinking before our eyes.

Costa Rica's dolphins superpods have no protected place to gather.

Click on the dolphins below to find out more.

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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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Newsplash- Whale Fight Near Drake Bay, Osa, Costa Rica

clock January 1, 2011 15:03 by author BlueEcoBlog

 

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Costa Rica's humpback whales engage in fin to cuffs over females.

Some years here off the Osa peninsula and Drake Bay it seems pretty easy to be a humpback whale male, sing some songs, watch the ladies dance in the air, be a whale. Those are the years when there seem to be more females denizens than male.

Not this year.

This is one of the other years. Where there are more males than females.

A group of up to 9 boisterous and apparently amorous humpback males have been fighting over one particular female whale. We are guessing she is quite fetching.

The fight has been going on for at least 12 days. And you thought twelve rounds was tough?

I think we all know that whales like to do things big and their combat is the same.

How do they fight you ask?

There is a famous line in a movie called Ben Hur;

“Ramming Speed!”

That´s just how they roll.  Get up speed and slam into the other guy.

They also smack each other with their fins.

Think of really big birds boxing with their wings and tail.

The gentle giants have battered a boat full of tourists and a foolish captian who did not know that he should forget about the 100 or 200 meter rule during a fight.

You better stay like a kilometer away during a humpback whale fight.

Sadly, just like they forget about boats during fights they also swim right into long lines and get hopelessly tangled..

To bad Costa Rica allows long lines between Corcovado National Park and Caño Island Biological Reserve, we should just let the whales fight in peace.

The translation of what the whales were saying will not be repeated here.

click on the rowdy whales below for more. 

 

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