Undersea coral rainforest need protection

 

Corals & colorful tropical fish in Cahuita National Park, Costa RicaThe mention of coral reefs usually brings to mind crystal-clear, warm tropical waters, bright colorful fish and coral … maybe even the movie, “Nemo.” Coral reefs form such vast, diverse ecosystems that they are commonly called the “rainforests of the oceans.”

Like the rainforests on land, coral reefs are extremely threatened by humans’ actions and climate change. Since the late 1970s, coral reefs across the world have been dying at an unprecedented rate, and it only seems to be getting worse, according to Phil Dustan, a marine biologist at the College of Charleston, South Carolina, in anEarth Observatory / NASA report. Continue reading »

9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know about Humpback Whales

breeching humpback whale

In case you didn’t know, Costa Rica’s whale-watching season is upon us! July marks the arrival of humpbacks in the southern Pacific, here for another season of mating and calfing. (I guess even whales like to honeymoon in Costa Rica!)

Costa Rica’s Drake Bay, on the Osa Peninsula, is home to the longest humpback whale-watching season in the world. (How cool is that?!) South American humpbacks migrate north from Antarctica to spend July through October here (their mating and calfing season), while North American populations flee the Arctic to winter in Costa Rica (December through April). All told, the Osa Peninsula hosts humpback whales for nine months of the year – more than any other place on Earth! Continue reading »