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Offshore Osa Drilling Again in 2012

clock November 9, 2012 13:36 by author BlueEcoBlog

Marine life behavior alters after drilling

From The Tico Times Posted: Friday, June 17, 2011 - By Shawn Larkin
THE BIG BLUE: Dolphins have scattered and no whales have been seen in the area since a foreign research vessel drilled into the ocean floor earlier this year.
Rash of Rashes: A dolphin off southwestern Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula displays a skin rash.

The blue-water pelagic ecosystem offshore of southwestern Costa Rica’s Isla del Caño Biological Reserve and Corcovado National Park took serious one-two punches during the past few months, and it remains to be seen whether things will ever return to conditions of the past. The area around, not inside, the two protected areas is probably Costa Rica’s most critical dolphin and whale breeding and feeding waters. But the whales are gone, and the dolphins have changed. The fishing has been off, and boats are headed elsewhere to find fish.

The first few months of the year shaped up to be one of the best seasons for marine life in Costa Rican waters in recent memory. The cool currents of La Niña stoked a profusion of big pelagic species like dolphins, whales, tuna, turtles and giant mantas. Divers and snorkelers from the Southern Zone reported more giant mantas seen at Caño Island in February and March than in the past 15 years put together. Flights and boats searching for marine life in the area were finding dolphin superpods, groups of dolphins numbering in the hundreds to thousands, all over the area. There were many mating and birthing humpback whales, a large pod of false killer whales, orcas, fin whales and even three blue whales, including a baby, feeding on giant bait balls of small fish brought up from the depths during the normal strong upwelling at this time of year. There were uncountable hectares of turtles, tuna and billfish. There were even a few big sharks.

Then, a giant foreign ship showed up and began drilling deep holes in the ocean floor not far from Caño Island, in the name of scientific research. Within a day, the whales were gone. Search time for dolphins from a plane went from a half hour or less to two hours or more. Most dolphin superpods broke into smaller groups and headed north toward offshore Quepos. Others broke into smaller groups and moved inshore, closer to the coast. Dolphins that stayed in the area developed a strange skin rash.

The spewing ship kept at it for a month. Great areas of waters turned from marine blue to metallic brown and green. The day after the ship left, a new one showed up towing many kilometers of giant air guns blasting extremely loud sounds repetitively. A week later they were still at it. Drake Bay ecotourism and sportfishing boats foolish enough to still be looking in their favorite hot spots were told to leave the area by burly men on a yacht out of Quepos. Scuba divers at Caño Island could hear the giant booms of the guns during their dives.

No environmental impact study was done for the area. No dolphin and whale observers were onboard to look out for cetacean safety. There were no Costa Ricans onboard until someone noticed. Many questions were never answered. No notice was given to area residents of what was going to happen.

Since the drilling, no whales have been reported in the area – the longest period without whale sightings that anglers and guides in Drake Bay can remember. No large dolphin superpods have been seen. The fishing is bad. No wonder so few tourists seem to want to visit the area right now.

This serious lack of ocean oversight has left locals wondering what is next. There are reports of making a permanent drilling riser here and of laying an undersea cable from the mainland to Caño Island and then offshore to the rig.

Let’s hope an environmental impact study is involved and that locals dependent on the area’s marine life are given some notice so they can find new jobs. Because what’s next could be the knockout punch for a good chunk of Costa Rica’s famous marine life: whales, dolphins, turtles – and fishers and divers.

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True Costa Rican Wild Animal Stories by Shawn Larkin Strunz

clock October 10, 2012 15:43 by author BlueEcoBlog

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Billfish Foundation Fails to Stop Australia From Making Worlds Largest Marine Protected Area

clock June 18, 2012 13:12 by author BlueEcoBlog

Billfish Foundation Fights Agaist Marine Protected Areas and Loses in Oz.

The voice of the vast majority of ocean users is heard and they are not catch and release billfishers.

Fishers should always have access to most of the worlds oceans, not just for sport but to eat! But the world does need some places in the ocean to be free of nets and lines. Catching and releasing endangered billfish is not sport fishing and not as many people do it as some would have you think.

The crazy well funded, massivly sponsered, internationally super influencial Billfish Foundation took a big wave over the bow when the Prime Minister of Australia, backed by the people of one of the most ocean savy nations on earth, said our oceans are for a lot more than just catch and release billfishing. The Billfish Foundation has waged a campaign against marine protected areas, encouraging members to come out and help stop creation of marine protected areas

 http://news.co.cr/billfish-foundation-fails-to-stop-australia-from-making-worlds-largest-marine-protected-area/8167/

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Dolphins Dancing For Laura Chinchilla Again!

clock June 16, 2012 13:21 by author BlueEcoBlog

Dolphins Dancing For Laura Chinchilla Again!

Costa Rica To Conserve Ten Percent of Oceans.

Latin America's greatest ocean hero, Laura Chinchilla, granted future Costa Ricans a much better chance of sustainably utilizing our Oceans into the future.  The sad free for all of too powerful special interests will now be controlled with vision directed to the people and the future by a new Vice Minister of Aguas and Mares.  Wow!  No thats how you do it!  Seems now the voices of all groups of ocean users, not just the most connected screaming special interests, will have a say.  Now is time for Costa Ricans to speak up about what they know about our oceans, and help conserve it.  Have you heard about the largest dolphin pod in the world, the spinner dolphins of the Osa peninsula and Cano Island?  Aaaa, happens to be they need a park!  They live near to famous protected areas Corcovado National Park and Cano Island Biological Reserve, BUT, they live in waters attacked by nets and lines.  This Park or protected area, needs to be south and west of Cano Island to at least a distance of 30 nautical miles to help these spinners.  NOT just 8 miles from the island as some are saying!  8 miles is not enough to protect the biggest dolphin pod in the world and Golfito and Puerto Jimenez need to make a lot money in the long run from conserving these dolphins, not killing them for short term collapsing profits. 

Three blue cheers for the awesome president of Costa Rica.

Check it
http://www.costacetacea.com/bluewaterpelagicpark.html

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Dolphins Dancing for Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia.

clock June 14, 2012 19:50 by author BlueEcoBlog

Julia Gillard, by directing the island continent of Australia to declare around one third, that is 33 percent, of her national waters to be conserved, becomes the greatest hero of the sea the world has ever known.  While some countries whine and stall about conserving even 1 percent of their ocean, Oz has set the bar for the blue planet.

Why?

The coolest minister on earth, The Hon Tony Burke MP, Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities of the great nation of Australia, says

"This new network of marine reserves will help ensure that Australia's diverse marine environment, and the life it supports, remain healthy, productive and resilient for future generations."

A good day indeed for the world.

 

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Salvemos La Vida Marina de Osa Costa Rica Parque Pelagico Por Favor Rapido

clock May 19, 2012 06:32 by author BlueEcoBlog

Vida Marina en Osa Costa Rica en peligro. El piloto mas famoso de Osa, Costa Rica, Alvaro Romero sobre la conservacion de la vida marina de la peninsula de Osa con el menada del delfines mas grande del mundo, aqui en Costa Rica. De Bahia Drake.

Gracias al buzo Daniel Moreno, y capitan Roger Gonzales.

Mil Gracias a los delfines de Osa.

Un producion de Costa Cetacea y Shawn Larkin.
Paz Amor y Pura Vibra

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50grocYJ2eM

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Tuna Fleet Slaughter Exposed! Do Costa Ricans care?

clock November 20, 2011 09:59 by author BlueEcoBlog

Attention Costa Rican Marine Conservation Types!

You need to watch this video.  Here offshore of the Osa super and megapods of dolphins are massive fish attracting devices or FADs.  Under the dolphins swim heaps of other marine life.  Countless dolphins, whales, sharks, billfish, turtles and more is slaughtered in Costa Rica everyday and it seems our well funded non profits DO NOTHING TO SPREAD AWARNESS OR STOP THIS UNBELIEVABLE MARINE LIFE SLAUGHTER.  Is is corruption?  Laziness?  Fear?  Ignorace?  Who knows?  But thank you Greenpeace for actually getting wet for marine conservation and not just trying to keep your socks dry in a nice office in the city.

http://youtu.be/6JlKwoUtMk4

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Foolish fish farm finished in Costa Rica

clock November 11, 2011 10:38 by author BlueEcoBlog

Foolish fish farm finished in Costa Rica.

The tuna farm wanted to set up right off the beaches, with no concern to anything but their own profits. Costa Rica told them adios.

Check out more info at this cool blog.

http://www.costaricanconservationnetwork.wordpress.com/

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Satellite Could Fall On Costa Rican Dolphins

clock September 22, 2011 19:43 by author BlueEcoBlog
Dolphins say they are not worried.

Pretty big chunks of burning metal will likely fall from the sky within twenty four hours. Thinking is that the most likely place to be hit is the oceans! We have no idea what the odds are of the satellite hitting a dolphin. Maybe no one would ever even find out.

However, we do know the odds are pretty good that the tuna fleet will be killing multiple dolphins today, as they do most days.

To bad falling satallites are the least of Costa Rican dolphin problems.

Click here for mas.

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La Nina Says Chill Out to Pacific Costa Rica

clock September 8, 2011 02:49 by author BlueEcoBlog

La Nina Says Chill Out to Pacific Costa Rica.

NOAA says its official what some have suspected; La Nina is visiting again, dropping average sea surface temperatures In Costa Rica. Pacific wet suits have already been back in heavy use for awhile and looks like you might wanna add an extra layer. And make sure your dive mask is clean because La Nina likes to bring heaps of fish and marine mammals with her.

In fact the waters around the Osa have been chock full of whales, pseudorcas, orcas, whale sharks, bait balls and more for almost two months. Looks like marine mammals Knew La Nina was here long before NOAA.  Pretty cool huh?

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