Why Whales and Dolphins?

The Osa Peninsula is often described as the most biodiverse place on earth. I’ve lived here for more than 10 years and I am yet to encounter a traveler who would disagree with this statement. Where I live, I have access to lowland primary rainforest and a vibrant piece of ocean that attracts innumerable varieties of life. I find new natural experiences on a daily basis. Needless to say, I feel lucky for the opportunity to be here. I would feel over privileged if I spent the rest of my life observing the rainforest on it’s own- but as amazing as the jungle is, undoubtedly my favorite Osa Peninsula memories are underwater.

I have accumulated oceanic experiences so unbelievable, that over time, even I sometimes find myself wondering if I am embellishing the stories. Then in January of 2017, I was given a GOPRO video camera by visiting family members. My GOPRO videos are now always available as a constant reminder of how real these incredible experiences actually were. Unfortunately, the GOPRO has now gone into the bin- the latest in a long line of tropical climate technology victims.

Luckily, I received lots of friend and family visits during my short GOPRO era so the videos piled up faster than I could find time to edit them. My last GOPRO experience was of 7 humpback whales swimming around me while I repeatedly banged on the power button to no avail. Since then I have had time to edit some of my stock pile.
During our offshore adventure days, we have found mega-pods of Central American Spinner Dolphins on 80% of trips. By itself, the spinner dolphin experience marks a day that most will never forget and are always our primary goal. The secondary goal that I have on offshore outings is a combination of hope and wonder as to which other creatures will also be experienced along the way.

There are so many rare species in this patch of ocean, that seeing rare things is actually common. What we call “spinner land” is roughly 30 miles offshore, and thus, on these trips we cover a lot of area, passing numerous ecosystems along the way. Different types of resident and migratory animals live off them all.

There are instances when I find clues or tips about the location of a specific species, but generally we cannot know what we will experience before we ship off. Every offshore adventure is different. As my blogs begin to add up, I expect that readers will better understand the diversity of our surrounding oceanic ecosystems and how the various cetacean lives are linked to those environments.

I have found so many new interests while living on the Osa Peninsula because biodiverse plant, fungus, and animal ecosystems are literally all around me. I want this blog to focus on cetacea. I want to organize those experiences above all others because, to me, they are the most amazing. I have had so many different and rare species swimming around me and I want to write about these experiences as a sort of personal memory archive.

I hope that you will also enjoy my stories and will be encouraged to learn more about these fascinating creatures.

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