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 »

Humpback whale-watching season starts in Costa Rica

At the very bottom of Costa Rica, the placid blue waters of the Golfo Dulce shine like a mirror most days, reflecting occasional clouds and the immense cerulean sky. Its calm surface is broken by the odd small, local boat cruising along, but the most action is caused by dolphins frolicking or fishing, sea turtles swimming, fish jumping out of the water, and marine birds diving for those fish.

This time of year, the Gulf gets even busier with visiting migrating Humpback Whales. The “inner sea” of Golfo Dulce, known as a tropical fjord, on Costa Rica’s southern Pacific Coast by the Osa Peninsula is a critical habitat for Humpback Whales and is key to the species’ survival, according to the Center of Cetacean Investigation of Costa Rica (CEIC). Whales arrive to reproduce and give birth in the warm waters of Costa Rica’s South Pacific Coast, from the Ballena National Marine Park just south of Dominical down to the Golfo Dulce. Continue reading »