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Meeting, Greeting and Stoking a Dolphin Megapod, Offshore Osa, Costa Rica Avivando Delfines

clock February 21, 2014 17:28 by author BlueEcoBlog

 Avivando delfines. Dolphin Stoking. How to meet, greet and stoke a dolphin megapod. People and Dolphins come together in the big blue offshore Osa peninsula, Costa RIca. Offshore Osa is the only place where this kind of thing is known and these dolphins need protection from nets and lines and hooks. Right?


Bienvenido delfines. Echar leña al fuego de amistad delfín. Como conocer, saludar y avivar un Megamanada delfín. La gente y delfiens se dan cita en el gran azul península de Osa, Costa Rica. Marino en Osa es el único lugar donde se sabe que este tipo de cosas y estos delfines necesitan protección de las redes y sedales y anzuelos. ¿Cierto?

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BvTgGfKnyY&feature=c4-overview&list=UUZBaRfBkz4SPsBdQaa8v-4Q

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Dolphin Megapod Orgy, Solo Osa Costa Rica, Orgía Megamanada

clock February 20, 2014 21:35 by author BlueEcoBlog

Why is it called a dolphin orgy? See in this video from offshore Osa peninsula, Costa RIca. These dolphins need an area free of nets and lines to continue to mix their genes and grow culture. Osa may be the biggest dolphin orgy spot in the world. Let the dolphin festival swim on, no canned tuna, no shrimp, protect dolphin waters from the nets and lines that crash their party every day. Only Offshore Osa

Por qué se llama una orgía delfín? Vea en este vídeo de la península de de Osa, Costa Rica. Estos delfines tienen un área libre de las redes y las líneas a seguir para mezclar sus genes y hacer crecer la cultura. Osa puede ser el más grande punto orgíade delfines en el mundo. Que viva el festival de delfines, nada atún en lata, sin camarones, proteger las aguas de delfines de las redes y líneas que se estrellan su fiesta cada día. Sólo Marino en Osa, Costa Rica

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxTZ3dea-bo

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Dolphin Embassy in Costa Rica-How to Visit. Dolphin People #2

clock July 14, 2013 20:46 by author BlueEcoBlog

Dolphin Embassy of Osa Costa Rica. The biggest dolphin embassy in the world?
Cruising Underwater with Dolphins in the Big Blue 
Open Ocean Offshore where others throw giant nets
Swim with Dolphins instead of netting dolphins.
Be safe everyone.
Dolphin Ambassadors-Star Larkin, Vanessa Larkin and Shawn Larkin

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqYdciN1qUA

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Dolphin People Episode 1 Osa Costa Rica now on You Tube

clock June 22, 2013 11:39 by author BlueEcoBlog

Dolphin People Show from Costa Cetacea now on You Tube.  Click it to check it. 

 All ocean images from 2013 on GoPro Hero2s, in the blue water pelagic ecosystem of offshore Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, Pacific Ocean.

Dive on Dolphin People

No more nets or lines for a Osa Pelagic Park!  EIS before Ocean Drilling!!!  Duh

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVxIqBwewpo&feature=c4-overview&list=UUZBaRfBkz4SPsBdQaa8v-4

 

 

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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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Blue Permaculture at Sea Blueprint

clock August 17, 2012 10:16 by author BlueEcoBlog

Fantastic Fish Farms for Future Feasting?

Big Food Fish Can Help Feed the Future

From The Tico Times Posted: Friday, October 29, 2010 - By Shawn Larkin
THE BIG BLUE: Easy-to-farm species like Almaco jack and black kingfish are top choices for the future of sustainable fish farming in Costa Rica.

Tico Tuna: Almaco jack, Seriola rivoliana, is much easier to raise and harvest than tuna and tastes much the same.

Big beasts that have been forced to evolve for human benefit are called domestic animals. Domestic food animals have changed the course of human history and evolved for millennia, giving us things like cows and pigs. All the big food animals have one thing in common: They live on land. But, as we all know, times are changing. Today we are seeing the dawn of domestic big food fish.

We tried domesticating a lot of different land animal species before we ended up with the major ones we all know today. Could it be that the same thing will happen in the ocean? Experts think it’s a sure thing. So what fish of the many being tried might help feed a hungry world?

A lot of factors influence production of domestic food animals, but ultimately they must produce quality quickly and cheaply. If the animal is hard to breed or difficult to raise, does not taste good or is delicate in nature, its not a big food domestic.

Two fish are fins apart from the rest of the wannabe maritime domestics. Their names vary depending on where in the world you are, but the species are the same: Seriola rivoliana and Rachycentron canadum. We could trademark them as “Tico Tuna” and “Caribbean Salmon.”

Tico Tuna goes by Almaco jack, kahala, longfin yellowtail, Songoro amberjack and medregal, while Caribbean Salmon is known as black kingfish, black salmon, ling or cobia.

Hawaii’s Kona Blue Water Farms, a world pioneer of open-ocean farms, markets the common fish that divers and sportfishers in Costa Rica call Almaco jack as Kona Kampachi. Because many people cannot tell the difference between the taste of this fish and that of albacore tuna, the meat meets the standards of the discriminating sushi connoisseur and also tastes great prepared any other way. This fish is way easier to raise, harvest and make money from than tuna, which seem to be our planet’s default favorite fish. Farming Tico Tuna would be far more sustainable than Costa Rica’s current myopic tuna, dolphin, shark and ray-killing machines, the tuna dozers, that destroy our national heritage every day in the rarely seen offshore Pacific pelagic.

We need look no farther then Caribbean Panama for pioneering offshore blue farmers of a species that was called black kingfish by some of Costa Rica’s Caribbean fisherman back when we still had these fish. U.S.-based Open Blue Sea Farms spent a lot of energy figuring out that this fish is one of the major players in future food. Similar in appearance to sharks, black kingfish are big, tasty enough for sushi and quick and easy to produce in blue farms. As Costa Rica’s Caribbean has hardly any big fish left due to massive overfishing, farming this fish would reduce pressure on the few remaining wild fish while providing more habitat. In other words, fish farms might save Costa Rica’s Caribbean fisheries from switching to jellyfish to survive, as has happened in other places where fisheries have collapsed, like North America’s cod stocks.

These obvious choices for the future of big fish domestication also can be raised without antibiotics, hormones or mercury, making them healthier for people and the planet. Grown together with shellfish, seaweed and smaller fish, blue farmers can mimic a natural ecosystem that absorbs one species’s waste while producing food for other species, like us. The farms would be far out to sea, out of sight from the beaches and islands that support the economy with tourism. Surfers can chill out because the farms would have no effect on waves, and surfers love sushi. Fishers would catch more fish around the farms, as they are proven fish-attracting devices.

Sustainable pelagic blue farming seems like a much better option than buying fish from Panama and Hawaii, or eating more jellyfish.

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Costa Rica Fish Farms are Back but Aqua Permaculture This TIme

clock August 17, 2012 08:41 by author BlueEcoBlog

Oceanic Farming Is Wave of the Future

From The Tico Times Thursday, September 16, 2008- By Shawn Larkin
THE BIG BLUE: The soil of the future is in the ocean

Costa Rica’s biggest and most bioproductive ecosystem, the offshore open-ocean pelagic, could be a shining blue diamond of economic productivity with a little management fertilizer.

Of course, pelagic or deep-sea fishing already provides big money, but many who have studied the situation think sustainability is being left out of the equation. Will Costa Rica’s oceans collapse like a tree stripped of leaves and fruit, or will it bloom for generations?

Ocean parks, refuges, sanctuaries and biological corridors clearly are part of any blue future. Costa Rica has demonstrated to the world the economic value of green protected areas, and hopefully we will follow our own lesson with our marine resources.

But parks are not all the future holds for our oceans. If history is any indicator, oceanic farming will become even bigger than the terrestrial kind. The soil of the future is the ocean.

If we know anything about the future, it’s that it will be hungry. By many estimates, more then half the world’s seafood is already farmed. And more than half the world’s fisheries have collapsed.

The future of open-ocean permaculture will be very different from the first crude attempts at ocean monoculture. As farmers around the world go green – meaning organic and sustainable – by demand, blue farmers get the advantage of being able to start off that way. Companies like Kona Blue Water Farms are already leading the way in sustainable seafood production. Blue farmers could literally save the world.

Future blue farms might be more like Indian milpas than monoculture banana plantations: multiple useful species growing in synergistic harmony, tended to by nearby local communities.

Imagine a giant shining blue diamond, bigger than your house, far offshore, out of sight of land – a giant diamond in the sea, half submerged. A pole runs from top to bottom. The sides of the diamond are made of a mesh that keeps fish in but lets water pass through. The waste from the fish feeds strings of shellfish around the bottom of the diamond. Algae and other life growing on the shellfish bring in a cloud of little fish that surround the diamond. Small holes in the mesh let the little fish dart through, feeding the big fish. And the big fish are harvested as needed.

Permaculture.

Local communities and businesses could tend their own, local blue diamonds. Other diamonds could be released offshore near the northern or southern border. With currents, nature and technology doing the work, the diamonds would get harvested at the other end of the country, full of fat fish. Sportfishers would increase their catches around the massive fish-attracting devices, divers and snorkelers would go below for a look, boats and kayakers would want to go around, guides would be needed, and even more money and livelihoods would be made.

Perhaps we could help lead the way to the future of blue farming, applying the age-old principles of permaculture and sustainability. Many cultures have sustainably harvested shallow coastal waters since ancient times. Now is the time to take it farther offshore and farm, as well as conserve, the big blue.

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Tuna Fishing Endangers Dolphins in Costa Rica

clock August 7, 2012 12:25 by author BlueEcoBlog

Dolphins are Costa Rica’s most famous divers – and they have a problem. For decades, in the eastern tropical Pacific, the commercial fishing industry has hunted dolphin species that form enormous congregations, such as pantropical spotted, spinner, bottlenose, common and Risso’s dolphins.

Tuna always school beneath large groups of dolphins, so corralling the dolphins with helicopters and speedboats causes the tuna to form a more easily netted mass below. Unlike most sport fishers who catch a few fish in a sustainable way, many commercial operations set vast nets around dolphins in hopes of grabbing all the tuna possible. This technique has killed millions of dolphins, and continues to kill them as recently as last month off the Southern Zone’s Osa Peninsula.

Dolphin and tuna are often about the same size, and eat the same size of prey. The vast groups of yellowfin tuna constantly following large dolphin groups are led to lunch. The tuna seem to instinctively follow the dolphins, as do birds and other fish, because dolphins will find the food. The big brains of these marine mammals figure to look for chow a few miles offshore of an island, when the tide is high, the moon is full, the wind is clam, the water temperature is just right and the coast is clear, and the needlefish are schooling. The tiny brain of the tuna might just think: follow the dolphin.

Dolphins, being so social and traveling in such large groups, actually create a sort of structure, like a reef, in which smaller fish can hide as well as collect scrapes. Many species of fish, besides tuna, cruise in groups with the dolphins, including silky sharks, blue marlin and sailfish.

We call this famous phenomenon the tuna-dolphin association of the eastern tropical Pacific, not because it’s just tuna and dolphins but because huge commercial fishing fleets use dolphins breathing at the surface to find the tuna swimming below them. Many different species die in the nets of commercial fishing fleets. You may have heard of “dolphin-safe tuna”; this catchy phrase is better described as “some dead dolphin and mixed-species tuna.” The aforementioned catching method, sometimes still used, is “major dead dolphin and mixed species tuna.” As far as I know, none of the forms of massive-scale tuna fishing is even remotely safe for dolphins – some ways just kill less than others do.So, how do the methods differ? One is called a “backdown.” After netting all the tuna and dolphins through the normal process, the ship motors slowly in reverse. This, with the help of a few speedboats, lowers a part of the net down below the surface. Hopefully, the freaked-out dolphins will then swim out. Sometimes they do. Sometimes boats chase them out. But if the tuna follow them, the net is quickly yanked up. All the while, daylight is fading, the crew and workers are on the clock, and fuel is being guzzled. This is “dolphin-safe” tuna. Other methods don’t even use a backdown.

Waiting to catch the tuna when they are away from dolphins requires more time, effort and money, but is the only way to ensure dolphins are safe from slaughter. Reportedly, some boats do not set on dolphins, but until tuna consumers make this distinction, the prices of unscrupulous competitors will hurt the real “dolphin-safe” businesses.

Dolphin tourism can sometimes be at odds with commercial fishing interests. It makes it a little harder to surround a group of dolphins with helicopters, speedboats and a factory ship when a happy group of photosnapping tourists is in the way. On rare occasions, frustrated pilots in rickety helicopters that look more like lawn mowers than aircraft will attempt to drive off the people by buzzing a tourist boat near dolphins. If you are rooting for the dolphins, you can stay with them until there is not enough daylight for the time-consuming process of chasing and netting.

Why don’t the dolphins just smack a few boat captains on the head as they jump over the nets and swim away giggling? Because, like humans, dolphins, once they start to panic, are not so smart. Ancient instincts, such as freaking out, take over. And, as with humans, being in large groups makes panic worse. Dolphins are used to vast spaces; a net causes panic, and they just don’t think to jump over.

I wonder how commercial fishers will fare once the big pods are gone. This may sound distressingly familiar if you know about the vast herds or flocks of animals, such as American bison and passenger pigeons, which have disappeared on land and in the air. As the buffalo once did, the dead dolphins rot in waste or fall to scavengers, and, as with the passenger pigeons, a point may arrive when the population crashes suddenly to extinction.

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New Billfish Hero Shot-The Costa Rican Standard for the Future

clock August 7, 2012 09:35 by author BlueEcoBlog

A Different Kind of Trophy Shot

From The Tico Times: Thursday, August 12, 2010 - By Shawn Larkin

It s happened so many times before, but not quite like this.

You pull the thick, taut line until the giant beast is in your arms. Careful: The thing is bigger than you and could explode with movement. You haul up the great animal in a sort of hug as you look up at the camera with your trophy from the sea bravely displayed. Click. Trophy shot.

The human-with-big-fish trophy shot has been played out more times in Costa Rica than anyone can count. But these photos are dying out because sportfishers want to use their resource sustainably, and the old trophy shots hurt the fish when they were hauled out of the water. People were beginning to think the trophy shot was a thing of the past.

Check out the new trophy shot of Costa Rican adventure ecotourism. Everything is the same as the old style, except that instead of on deck, you do it underwater, along the longlines set by commercial fishermen.

There is no catch, just release. You then resuscitate the fish by moving it through the water, great for more shots or even video.

You have to resuscitate the great fish because, for who knows how long, it has swum around in tiny circles at the end of a short line, with a steel hook through its mouth. The animal is so exhausted that it may die. That s why you don t worry so much about the danger of grabbing hold of some of the fastest animals in the sea; you can tell when they don t have much kick left in them.

When you feel the fish start to get a little life back, you let go and move away. The fish angles down to the depths and shakes a bit.

Then it starts to swim away into the blue. Another marlin pulls in alongside the first. It had been circling its hooked partner.

By letting the fish off the hook, you may be helping to generate millions of future dollars for the national economy through future sportfishing and ecotourism.

You move a short swim down the long line and find another short line with a sailfish on the end of a hook, its mate circling. So you do it all again. Underwater, the line runs out of sight with more hooks and giant fish.

When you lift your head up from the water and take your mask off, you see that the longline stretches out of sight, with little white buoys holding up the line every 500 meters into the distance. Many of the fish are dead on the hook, but there are still plenty more live ones to release. They will surely die without you.

You keep at it because you want to see big sharks. Diving along long lines remains one of the best ways left to see big sharks in Costa Rica. But you don t see any big sharks, because hardly any are left. You wonder if, soon, any marlin and sailfish will remain.

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Communication with Dolphins

clock June 23, 2012 13:54 by author BlueEcoBlog

 Communication with Dolphins on video. Listen to the spinner dolphin super-pod sing human notes. Shawn Larkin is into his second decade of interacting with this resident spinner dolphin superpod and as you can see they will swim right over to people who have been respectful and creative consistently. This offshore open ocean dolphin pod has been attacked and netted for many decades. This video shows that a different relationship is possible with the dolphin super-pods, one that may prove to be much more valuable than killing them as bycatch for easy tuna fishing.

Stop putting lines in the water before you argue against people in the water, duh! otherwise you have no moral high ground. Just obvious greed.

Learning how to interact with the super pods of dolphins is the best chance on earth to understand alien society and intelligence, and how we can interface. We need to learn how to meet and greet all over the worlds oceans. This is crucial practice for the human race. What if we are the helpless species trying to beg a more powerful one to stop killing us as bycatch or for consumption?

Music is a part of the the start to the crucial dialog. And gear and boats and computers and technology and people.

Stop the netting and start swimming.

Make money from creation not destruction.

Help the human race advance.

Play with dolphins.

They will teach you.

Thank you to Denise Herzing for many years of ideas.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIKWtND2xgI


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