The Great Migration: Humpback Whales spend time in Costa Rica

Humpback Whale tail fluke by Dylan Walker

Costa Rica will  celebrates the longest humpback whale season in the world. Are you ready for this unique expirience full of biodiversity? . This amazing event happen twice a year year in the Pacific  and,  just this beautiful  mammal does it. They travel   around 5000 km  between their feeding grounds in colder areas  and breeding grounds in warmer climes making them one of the farthest-migrating animals on Earth.

The researchers believe the whales are heading for warmer waters in which to give birth to their calves. Mark Simmonds, director of science at the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, who was not involved in the research, said: “It has this extraordinary lifestyle with its breeding grounds in one place and its feeding grounds far away.”

 

Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)Spanish name: Ballena Jorobada travel long distance during that season ( From July to October) .  The longest recorded migration was 5,160 miles (8,300 km); this trek from Costa Rica to Antarctica was completed by seven animals, including a calf.

When  is the perfect time to see them?

The  whales come to our warm, protected waters from December to April (from Alaska) and again between August and the end of November (from Antarctica).

Where to Watch this event?

Main places to see the gentle giants are the Marino Ballena National Park just south of Dominical, which is named for the whales that migrate there every year. Further south, off the Osa Peninsula , humpbacks may be seen in Drake Bay near the Caño Island Biological Reserve and in the Golfo Dulce off the shores of Puerto jimenez.

Whale Fest 2013:

The festival is located in Marino Ballena National Park, Mainstreet in Playa Bahia Ballena and Playa Uvita.  The festival will be central to Bahia Ballena and Uvita beach towns.

The festival runs in two time periods:

  • September 7, 8 and 9
  • September 14, 15 and 16

Fun Fact 

Humpback whales breathe voluntarily, unlike human beings. Since they have to remember to breathe, researchers believe humpback whales sleep by shutting off half of their brain at a time.

Source: Animal PlanetPlanet Whale ,

 

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