Dolphin Tour in
Foundation was formed to research and protect the dolphins,
marine life in Drake Bay, on the Osa
Peninsula - lower Pacific side of Costa Rica.
It is their goal to create a marine sanctuary
Costa Rica. To help
research, they offer Dolphin and
tours for tourists in small boats. These small boats
don't seem to
ocean inhabitants. From them, lots of information is
documented and studied to help ensure the precious
sea life remains
Our tour was
Day that made one of my long long dreams come true!
To see and swim
Dolphins in their natural home!
We set out
at 8 am,
it started raining, the skies were dark and funnel
clouds were spotted
coming off the water far off to the left. Luckily
not the way we were
heading. Word from another Delfin
Amor boat ahead was that the weather was much better
where they were.
So we headed about 25-30 miles from shore.
On the way,
we saw an
Ridley Sea Turtle floating
Plus quite a few Brown Booby birds
flying around and diving in the water for fish.
A few Dolphins
here and there. Then, almost magically we were viewing hundreds of Spinner Dolphins!
believe how many
there were. What an incredible sight! Tails and
everywhere. I guess for every dolphin you see on the
surface they are
10 below it!
fast. They can go 60 miles an hour.
Other times they'd move a lot slower, swimming under our
boat and all
around us. These
are there own variety, known as the
Costa Rican form. They are 4 1/2 to 7 feet long.
They are distinguished by their long slender beak, the erect
and their high spinning leaps! We were treated to a real
These photos show why these are called Spinner Dolphins!
breach about 9 feet in the air. Then twist their body into
curves or spins on their longitudinal axis up to 7 times in
We encountered this large pod about an hour before
them, and they followed us, they enjoyed this game of
Since the Delfin Amor boats have been doing this for
several years the
Dolphins are accustomed to the sound of their boats. They
Amor is not a threat.
Our boat stopped for lunch, the Dolphins continued to
circle us, what a
thrill! After lunch we jumped in the water to have a
them. They weren't too close to us, so we got back
in the boat
and were told about buoy rides! This is where you hang on
to a buoy
the boat pulls you along. Since the Dolphins are always
moving this is
the best way to swim with them! Wearing a snorkel
can see Dolphins swimming infront and under the
You can hear them too. Its truly an amazing experience!
Here's Mark enjoying his buoy ride.
real tight as the boat is moving pretty fast. You
don't want to let go, as you could get pulled into the
I had 2 buoy rides,
but no pics of me in action.
Mark said he was to concerned about me letting go of the
buoy, to take
pics of me. I'm not injured or dead, so I
obviously get didn't
Here's a good
photo of a Spinners blow hole. Plus 2 more
Dolphins beneath the
on the bottom left corner is the boat, showing how
they were getting to our boat. They really
were having fun with
and I were both in the water we saw a Manta Ray! It
enormous, it swam right infront of us. Mark had our
ready and got this amazing photo of it! There's
sucker fish stuck to it.
are 6 meters wide!
was exhilarating to be with Dolphins in their natural
much fun they have spinning kept us all cheering. They
to hear how many are killed and injured yearly by
man's fishing nets.
were with us
for almost 4 hours!
It was our boat
actually had to leave them! Here's Mark saying bye!
It gets dark
early in Costa
Rica, so we needed to get back to the
Lodge. Our ride back was about an hour and a half, so we
were on land
shortly after 4 pm. This is a day we will never forget!
Notes on our
tour: We did not
sickness medication, but I did take 2 Advils just
incase. Not being the
best swimmer I wore a life jacket provided on the
boat and felt very
safe. There is a ladder to climb back in the
boat. Our boat was
small, but had a hard roof for relief from the sun.
There were 11
people on our boat, including the 3 Delfin Amor
staff. 2 of which
were usually up top. The other being the
driver. This meant we
had lots of room to move from side to side to see
the action. We had
snacks of prepackaged cookies and bags of nacho
juice and water. Lunch was provided, ours was
individual containers of
brushetta to put on pieces of thick toasted bread,
boiled eggs, and
lots of fresh local fruit cut up, nothing beats
thoroughly enjoyed our experience. We know
every trip out is
unique and being wild mammals you never know what
you'll see, we feel
very fortunate we
got to see SO many Spinner Dolphins. Whales were not
seen on our trip,
some were seen on a previous tour, 2 days before our
trip, but they
didn't see the Spinners, so it all varies!
Tours to see
and Whales operate daily, however as of Feb. 28, 2006
it is Illegal to swim with
Dolphins in Costa Rica
on this new law
and the Eco-Lodge Delfin Amor /
and their Marine Education Center - Vida Marina
Our Dolphin encounter was with wild
Dolphins! Please educate yourself on captive
- Dolphins living in a small tank for human
are not the best environment for the Dolphins.
Many die way
before their time. Dolphin
TV story on captive dolphins Oct. 2005
Society for the Protection of Animals
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