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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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Japan Tsunami Causes Damage in Drake Bay, Costa Rica

clock March 13, 2011 02:31 by author BlueEcoBlog

 The Great Tsunami Waves Produces Powerful And Unpredictable Surges On The Osa Peninsula.

The lagoon of the Agujitas River on the west side of Bahia Drake on Costa Rica's Pacific coast received various strong surges starting around 5pm on the 11th March. Arriving at intervals of of around every 45 min the surge was only noticeable in the tidal bore area of the Agujas River. Later in the night around 11PM , Bradd Johnson of Aguila de Osa Lodge saw a much larger surge wave enter the river mouth very quickly. Within seconds two boats belonging to Marleny Jimenez's Drake Bay Resort upended and filled with water. Boats belonging to La Paloma Lodge broke free of their lines, probably why they did not sink, and banged against the rocks of the lagoon bank.

Broken motors and boats is getting off very lucky compared to the poor, poor people of Japan, but it shows the great reach of the massive tsunami of the Japan quake.

Seems that enclosed harbor like areas like Crescent City and Santa Cruz marina California, and the Rio Agujas of Drake Bay Costa Rica focused the massive surges from the tsunami, whereas in many places along the Americas coast it seems to have gone unnoticed.

Even today, erratic and strangely timed, small but unusually powerful surges are arriving into the Rio Agujas tidal bore, apparently as the Japan quake tsunami continues to reverberate and bounce around the world.

Click here to learn more about the Rio Agujas of Drake Bay, Costa Rica 


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Dolphins Dancing in Costa Rica for Laura Chinchilla

clock March 6, 2011 17:03 by author BlueEcoBlog


Costa Rica Protects a Big Part of the Big Blue.

Denizens of the deep rejoice! Costa Rica is getting serious about protecting pelagic. The enormous protected area around Coco Island National Park and nearby seamounts is call the Seamounts Marine Management Area. Weighing in at more than one million protected marine hectares, Costa Rica is now a world heavy weight when it comes to marine conservation, and not a moment to soon. Doña Laura Chinchilla can now take the moral high water with ocean slacker nations.

When asked about the news, a group of spinner dolphins off of the Osa replied;

Four fins for Laura Chinchilla, Costa Ricans, and the international team of denizens of the deep who helped do this dive.”

Don't forget Costa Rica's most important dolphin superpod area, off the Osa peninsula, is still seeing dead dolphins on a regular basis from tuna dozers razing our waters. There is still much to do for the big blue.”

Click the talkative dolphin group below to find out more.

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