Dallas, Texas, the largest city in the United States without a navigable waterway to the ocean has a strong connection to Costa Rica Nature Conservatory. Costa Rica has long been attached to the developers and entrepreneurs of Texas. The Ticos as they are called by their own selves in Costa Rica owe their banks, railroads, plantations of all types and an ever growing population of gringo property owners from Texas to the Lone Star state that quietly remains friendly to them in spite of their often tragic way of treating us.
Beyond any judgments of whether we should harbor this amity we continue to foster a brotherhood across the gap of water that separates us from the quickest route although we could eventually alight on their precious beaches by hiking ten thousand miles of coastline from the Gulf of Mexico starting in Houston which by the way connects with the Trinity River here in Dallas which could theoretically transport at least a small boat all the way their.
Following are some choice pictures from our continuing education of the worlds jewels which are both natural to us and unnatural until we are accustomed to them.
HoopnosisCostaRica recycles plastic into fun hula hoops to help the earth and the people she is home to.
Whales and all cetaceans are highly complex social creatures whose position underwater in relationship to each other is vital for survival. These organisms are not just hanging around waiting to be harassed, they are listening, hunting, fleeing, resting, and in general probably growing from the experiences around them as they pass on their guardianship to the next generation. They not only need the space but our own laws should serve us as very minimum guidelines, (what our common sense, long lost for many, has told us all the time).
We must protect our right to Life in all its diversity in a healthy environment starting with our own behaviour. Environmentalists make the call and environmentalists with badges receive it.
In response to a complaint from onshore observers that jet skis and fishing boats were harassing a whale with its newborn calf the Commander said biologists in kayaks from the area would begin a vigil and all evidence would be analyzed.
Costa Rican Coast Guard officials were adamant about the need to provide safe distances for proper wildlife viewing in a recent phone conversation, stating, “Costa Rica has signed many treaties to protect wildlife in and out of the oceans and rivers and laws are in place to mobilize resources in their protection right now“.
Please follow the links for more in depth information.
Youtube video links
See Whale observation rules for Environmental Protection here in Costa Rica
Hear what it sounds like to be a Whale in a boating environment
Graphics from NOAA and NMFS make it clear for all observers
Guardacostas information is here
NMFS is (1) prohibiting approaches within 200 yd (182.8 m) distance as outlined in the proposed rule; (2) implementing a ‘‘slow, no wake, safe speed’’ requirement within proximity of a humpback whale;
NMFS es (1) enfoques que prohíbe
dentro de 200 m (182,8 m) distancia como se indica en la norma propuesta; (2) la implementación de un” A baja velocidad, sin oleaje ” requisito dentro proximidad de una ballena jorobada;
The History channel is betting we can come up with a better way to live in its new Latin American contest to change the World. Costa Rica Nature Conservatory submitted an idea for inclusion in the competition in hopes that the History Changing Idea be somehow related to the preservation of the Marine habitat that comprises over 90% of the water on the earths surface. See additional entries on their site.
ticotimes. missing man eaten Despite these “accidents”, however, there are many reasons to be fascinated by these magnificent creations of the Universe. In the famous words of Dr. Carl Sagan himself so eloquently phrased, “it does no good whatsoever to ignore the reptilian component of human nature, particularly our ritualistic and hierarchical behavior. On the contrary, the model may help us understand what human beings are all about”. But, to keep things fair it is important to examine other views about fetuses resembling animals as the develop in the womb as some sources have a vested interest in the point of view they reveal.
“Giant Crocodiles of the Tarcoles River” presents a brief view of the saltwater central american crocodile and its relationship to local tourism adventurers in a famous sighting area over the Tarcoles River in Costa Ricas central pacific coast. These are wild animals yet they know instinctively to get along (so to speak) with humans and their particularly odd behaviours, such as feeding them for others entertainment. There are recent incidences proving them relatively safe to trust in their natural ability to destroy the weak in any society including our own however as seen in this recent newspaper report from this very same bridge where the enormous crocodiles are fed.
male ctenosaur hunting for eggs in pochote tree
Costa Rica Territory is home to approximately 225 reptiles, over 70 species of lizards, geckos, Striped basilisk, Ctenosaura and Black and Green iguanas. There are also 120 species of Snakes, boas, colubrids and 20 venomous snakes, including coral snakes, vipers, rattlers, and bushmasters. They all know their place just as do the crocodiles but we have our place too, so be grateful, smart and safe in this amazing cradle of civilization called Costa Rica, you are welcome and being watched by more eyes than you may ever know.
Common Star spider orb weaver is a short live garden spider that is harmless to humans and beneficial for the environment. Insecticides and poisons are unnecessary for pest control if we Learn, Love, Conserve
see more photos of this spider on Costa Rica Nature Conservatory Facebook page
The common star spider orb weaver is a short-lived garden inhabitant that poses no threat to humans in any way. If it were to even accidentally pinch you with its tiny fangs the venom is non toxic to humans and painless.
star spider spinnerets view
Female star spider orb weaver is a very evolved albeit short-lived spider
Nature has marvelous ways of creating a beautiful and balanced environment for us without the aid of poisons to exterminate anything at all. Lets try to Learn, Love, Conserve.
When we Free our minds of fear we free our world of poisons that kill innocent creatures that makeup the Web of life we all are a part of.
Cordially Capt. Richard Barone
I have seen 8 whales today including a gorgeous female with a calf. I am editing photos to make a gif so stay tuned.
HD Video here
Whales are currently being sighted off Jaco beach, Herradura and Punta Leona moving south. I have seen them myself from my balcony about 200 yards offshore.
Making local news for their famous journeys http://news.co.cr/whale-watching-season-starts-in-costa-rica/24072/ these behemoths of the deep have come from as far away as Antartica for a vacation or honeymoon or maybe a bigger ritual than those every year since we remember and more, hopefully forever.!
Please remember these are wild animals that need their privacy and safety to recuperate from human pressure, keep your distance and absolutely no fishing around them of any kind.
Costa Rica holds the longest season for humpback whale watching in the world. This whale specie comes to migrate in this country whenever winter comes in the Antarctica (between August to October). Come December to April, other whales come in to Costa Rica from Antarctica to mate and nest.
There aren’t only the humpbacks to see here. Sperm whales, killer whales, pilot whales (which actually come from the family of dolphins) along with dolphins can also be sighted in Costa Rica http://www.costaricajourneys.com/whale-watching/
More pictures from Punta Leona
Observe the 1000 meter rule and use telephoto lenses particularly where calving is occurring.
This may not seem touristy but it is the ecologically responsible humans criteria that allows us ALL a time to adjust to our new, (hopefully friendly) behaviors toward each other after so many centuries hunting them down without regard to their innate citizenship.
These mystifying Giants of the marine world should be GPS tagged and declared non human citizens and watched with satellites to protect them wherever they go.
They could then earn a taxable income and pay for their own protection worldwide.
We are the ones that have to convince ourselves first that it is worth it.I know it is when I see them and my heart jumps for joy. Cordially, Capt. Richard Barone in Punta Leona
currently spotting three whales moving south along Jaco coast.