Do something special this summer! Visit Costa Rica’s beautiful Golfo Dulce to help protect its whales and dolphins.The researchers you’ll join gather information on three species of cetacean in the gulf: the pan-tropical spotted dolphin, the bottlenose dolphin, and the humpback whale.
With your help, they’ll continue to count these species’ population sizes, see how dolphins interact with each other, and try to understand what habitats they prefer. 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.
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 wild place.
You’ll stay at El Chontal, a welcoming eco-lodge run by a local family surrounded by tropical forest. Team members will share rooms equipped with beds and other simple furniture. Electricity and telephone service are available within the complex.
Enjoy typical Costa Rican fare, which usually includes rice and black beans, meat, vegetables, fruit, coffee, and juice. You’ll share breakfasts and dinners in the lodge’s outdoor dining area, and bring a lunch, such as sandwiches and fruit, to the project site each day.
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Currently, I am in AP Environmental Science and am a month away from the exam. Getting a close view of sea mammals and animals was, in its own way, a form of studying. I got a better understanding of marine life and their contribution to their ecosystem and the world at large. Sometimes in the classroom, we spend so much time reading and writing about these animals that we forget that they are real. This one event reminded me of how beautiful the marine world is and how I should be better equipped to protect it.