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Costa Rica Hurricane Irene Explainer

clock August 24, 2011 20:30 by author BlueEcoBlog
Why do storms flood Costa Rica from more than one thousand miles away?

Good question, thank you for asking.

Hurricanes are centers of really low pressure that draw air to fill them from a long way away. The bigger the storm the further away it sucks up air. Irene was so big it sucked air all the way from Costa Rica's Pacific to feed it. When Pacific air hit the high mountains and volcanoes of Costa Rica on its way to Irene, the air had to rise and thus give up its moisture. Since Irene was hungry, the air was moving fast and we got big lightening and thunder. After the air went over the mountains, less it's rain, the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica basked in a fresh offshore breeze and fantastic weather, as it usually does during Caribbean hurricanes.

The worst of the storms seemed to occur yesterday when Irene passed above the window between Hispanola and Cuba, giving clear ocean from Irene to Costa Rica. As usual for hurricanes to the northeast, the heaviest rains seemed to fall next to steep southwest facing slopes and mountians. As soon as we got Cuba between us and Irene the rains seemed to let off. Today is already returning to normal, prevailing northeastern breezes,  as Irene moves too far away to draw air from here, and the built up rain falls. Normally hurricanes are not strong enough to draw air from Costa Rica if they are outside the western Caribbean or Central America. The fact Irene did shows she was already at that point, a storm of exceptional reach.

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Costa Rica may abolish marine parks! Let the extraction begin!

clock August 24, 2011 17:11 by author BlueEcoBlog

A new bill would open up national parks to take things from them.

A small group of people from a port and commercial fishing city on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica want to open all Costa Rican parks to fishing. They say that there is fish in there that poor local people need to catch right now. Plus imagine all the hammerheads you could catch at Cocos Island National Park. Why not?

There is some good money to be made in a quick clearing of the shelves of our national parks. When the all the big fish are soon gone then the local communities could start getting little ones!

In Gandoca Manzanillo National Wildlife Refuge on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast, a marine protected area where people fish anywhere they want, any long time diver or fisher can tell you that most of the big reef fish are long gone. Sons know they will no longer catch as much as their fathers but so what, there are still a few little fish to see and eat. Its not over yet!

Cocos and Caño Island protected areas, where there are large no take zones, are full of big fish and lots of other marine life. Time to take care of that!

Why not duplicate this all over? It could be be fun. When very few people can make a living fishing and diving and with support restaurants and hotels, because most of the fish are gone, and marine tourists go to Panama, everyone should be able to find new jobs quickly, even if you have to go to Panama. Panama has a totally different plan: keep the tourists and fish in Panama and send the commercial fisherman to Costa Rica before the crazy firesale is over.

What       are they thinking?

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Dolphins from Costa Rica speak again

clock August 19, 2011 14:45 by author BlueEcoBlog
Another dolphin statement translated.

After a period of silence mourning the contamination of their ancestral waters, some Osa dolphins swam right up to us and said, we think,

“That really sucks that these big ships can just show up by surprise and make a big mess and big noise in our feeding, mating, birthing and superpod waters. We thought Costa Rica was better than that. Plus none of the so called conservations organizations and foundations did squat. But they are telling you they watch out for us dolphins. HA. The tuna boats are still slaughtering us too. Lighten up people.  Will anyone really help dolphins here in Costa Rica. We only have fins you know.”

An alternative translation is,

“Do you really like the taste of canned tuna?”

We are awaiting more word from the dolphins of Osa Costa Rica.

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