Tour guides and boatmen new project to track whales in Osa

While tourists enjoy whale watching excursion in the Uvita area in Osa, tour guides and boatmen take advantage of those moments to record the date, name of the tour guide, tour company, type of excursion, the specie that was seen, time of the observation, size of the animal, if there is presence of newborn or young animals and the cardinal point where they were going. With this information they hope to understand better the wildlife that visits these waters during the season. To do this, the tour guides and boatmen have technical support Geoporter organization.

Between August and September 2012, there were approximately 82 sightings between humpback whales, false killer whales, rough-toothed, spotted and bottlenose dolphins and Olive Ridley turtles.

As part of this initiative the monitoring will be repeated this year, starting in July, and the end of the season to know if this year there were more sightings than last year or if something is happening with the arrival of the whales.

One of the goals of the project is to grow and involve local tour guides from Sierpe and Drake Bay to collect more sightings data near Caño Island and then have more information for further study.

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