Join researchers in the pristine wilds of Costa Rica to conduct critical research on whales and dolphins. Your findings may help to develop a permanent marine protected area.
Golfo Dulce, a narrow inlet on the southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, provides a rich habitat for cetaceans (whales and dolphins). It remains fairly pristine, since the many tourists who visit Costa Rica each year haven’t quite discovered it yet—which makes now a crucial time to investigate what the ecosystem needs to remain healthy. By understanding the behavior and tracking the abundance of the whales and dolphins in Golfo Dulce, we can ensure we have the information we need to best protect them when tourism starts in earnest in this beautiful, wild place.
For about a decade, we have gathered information on three species of cetacean in the gulf: the pantropical spotted dolphin, the bottlenose dolphin, and the humpback whale. Through our focus on these cetacean species, we want to understand how to preserve this beautiful marine ecosystem in general.
Through our research, and with your volunteer involvement, we seek to assess these species’ population sizes and structures, and to deepen the knowledge of their distribution and habitat preferences. This information will help us understand the health of the cetacean populations at this moment and, in turn, to develop conservation plans to protect the biodiversity in the gulf in the future.