Costa Rica is visited by some lovely migrations of whales, dolphins and manatees that are often found in the Pacific or Caribbean during the winter months.
Humpback Whales head to Marino Ballena National Park in the province of Puntarenas to give birth to their calves in the warm tropical waters in the winter. They migrate from the cold northern and southern seas to the place where they themselves might have been born to continue the cycle. Bottlenose, Common, Blue Spotted and Spinner Dolphins all make their way to the marine areas surrounding Costa Rica.
Along with whales, orcas and dolphins the gentle manatee can be found in the waters of Costa Rica, also. A list of some of the sea mammals that you will find around the shores of Costa Rica includes:
Depending on the season and whether you are on the Pacific side or the Caribbean side of Costa Rica, you will see one or a few of these species at places such as Tortuguero National Park, Cahuita National Park, Marinas Las Baulas National Park and others.
Olive Ridley Sea Turtles are the most abundant sea turtles of the ocean in terms of population. They can be found along many coasts all over the planet. Distribution The Olive Ridley is located for the most part in the regions of the Pacific and Indian Oceans. It inhabits oceans,... [ Read More → ]
The Common Dolphin is found in the ancient art of Greece and Rome, temperate and tropical waters and the Pacific shoreline of Costa Rica among others. Distribution Common Dolphins can be found in all oceans in the range of 40-60°N to 50°S throughout the world in the epipelagic to... [ Read More → ]
Of the three species that populate oceans around the world, the Common Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncates) is the most likely to be observed along the shores of Costa Rica. Distribution The Common Bottlenose Dolphin moves in different groupings known as pods. Some pods stay... [ Read More → ]