Category: Flora and fauna

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Humpback Whale Season in Costa Rica

Whale Season in Costa Rica - Uvita  Marino Ballena National Park  Humpback whales are observed in two seasons of December at the end of March, coming from the northern hemisphere and those coming from the southern hemisphere, they begin to be seen in the first weeks of July until the end of October, the most common ones to observe are the humpbacks or (yubartas). Known for their long migrations from…

Whale Watching in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is One of the Best Places in the World to Spot Humpback Whales Costa Rican waters are home to dozens of marine mammal species and spotted, or bottle nose dolphins commonly escort small craft on any offshore excursion. If you take fishing or snorkeling trips you’ll most likely spot the smaller cetaceans but if you want to see the star of the show you should make sure you…

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Snorkeling at Caño Island – One Day Tour

It is a small island of Costa Rica, which has about 300 hectares in the Pacific Ocean part of Costa Rica, west of the Osa Peninsula. It was declared a national park and protected area. It is a popular tourist destination, which attracts visitors for its beaches, coral reefs and marine life. The virgin waters of this island are some of the blues in the country with a fantastic visibility…

Whales and Dolphins

The humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) Well known among baleen whales by their acrobatics and their long migrations, they are approximately 12 to 15 meters long and have a black or dark gray back and white belly. The face is flat with bumps around the mouth. The dorsal fin is small and looks like a hump. The pectoral fins are long, white or black, along with an irregular tail with an undulating edge. Their blowhole can spout…

Cetacean Biology

Whales and dolphins are animals which, along with porpoises, are part of the cetacean order. They are considered mammals due to the fact that they once had hair, contain mammary glands, skull and vertebrae, limbs, lungs, and fleshy ears among other features. However, because of the environment they inhabit, cetaceans have had to modify or adapt to the aquatic environment in order to be more hydrodynamic. Cetacean species are divided into Baleen animals (mysticetes, large whales),…