Click to Join Vida Marina!
By joining Vida Marina with a membership, you are supporting our work to create a protected marine sanctuary in one of the most biologically diverse ocean eco systems on earth. No where else in the world do humpback whales come from two different hemispheres to have their babies and breed. Groups of hundreds, and even thousands of dolphins live in the area, but yet commercial fishing is killing both the animals and their habitat. Help us Help Them and truly show your support for the dolphins, whales and other marine life!
Click to visit the Dolphins, Whales and Rainforest of Costa Rica!
Now this truly is a win-win situation. Come visit us in Drake Bay, Costa Rica and go on our famous dolphin and whale watching research tours, which support our foundation's research work. Costa Rica's crown jewel rainforest is an added bonus. No where else on earth will you find this incredible combination of wildlife both on land and at sea. Can you believe monkeys, toucans, macaws, dolphins and whales all in one place? Believe it, live it, and be a part of helping to create our protected marine sanctuary while enjoying the eco adventure vacation of a lifetime!
Help to protect the dolphins and whales of Costa Rica by purchasing our photos and other fun photo products like keychains and coffee mugs through Kodakgallery Marketplace. All profits go to the Vida Marina Foundation.
Click to sign Our Online Petition
Add your name to the other caring individuals who support our work to create a protected marine area here. Not only do dolphins and whales call this area home, but several species of sea turtles, manta rays, sea lions, corals and fish live here too. They all need your support to protect them.
..Change your Eating Habits..
Did you know that for every gallon of shrimp harvested, five to ten gallons of other sea life has been killed as incidental by-catch? Not only that, shrimp boats scrape the ocean floor, killing everything in their path, plant and animal alike. It is the same as clear cutting the rainforest, except it is the ocean floor! Think about that before you order your next shrimp cocktail. Shrimp comes at a very high cost to the ocean and its inhabitants.
Did you know that dolphin safe tuna only means that LESS dolphins are killed? And if they are not killed, they are stressed out from being chased and netted up to three times a day! It is time to stop supporting this extremely deadly -to-dolphins practice. Surely you can find something else to eat besides canned tuna!
Click for Vida Marina's Deep Blue Dolphin and Whale Camps
A great opportunity to learn about dolphins and whales and other marine life in beautiful Drake Bay, Costa Rica. We can do specialty courses for your group. Contact us for more information.
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When most people think of Costa Rica, they think of the rainforest, but what is not widely known is that Costa Rica enjoys one of the most biologically diverse ocean ecosystems in the world. This is mainly because the heart of a vast habitat known as the Costa Rican Thermal Convection Dome (named for its proximity to this country) lies here. Shallow warm waters lie on top of low-oxygen cold water, creating the perfect ecosystem for a vast variety of marine life.
Whales, dolphins, tuna, marlin, manta rays, sea turtles, sailfish and more, congregate in this area taking advantage of this year-round thermal dome of ecologically rich waters. Humpback Whales visit us from two separate hemispheres, giving us the longest humpback whale season in the world. For this reason alone, the area should be protected. However, commercial fishing in the area is rampant, including long lining, trolling for shrimp and large scale tuna fishing.
A Baby Humpback Whale with a fishing line embedded in his body.
This is no way to treat an endangered species!
Through our research and education programs, Vida Marina Foundation is working to make the protected marine sanctuary a reality.
We been collecting data, taking ID photos and filming dolphins and whales since 1999, a solid data base of research information which enables us to better understand the great variety of species in the area, their behaviors, and the threats that exist to them.
Our Flying Inflatable Boat (a dingy that flies!)
enables us to cover a lot of area, observe commercial fishing boats,
and get a special view of the dolphins and whales
Vida Marina Foundation has many ongoing projects. These include creating the protected marine sanctuary, identification of individuals, distribution and usage maps, local and outreach marine education, and much more!
Vida Marina Staff at the 2007 Earth Day Event
Local students learning about Dolphins and Whales
The cumulative goals of our projects
• Promote and support with scientific research the creation of marine sanctuaries or reserves in the area.
• To support, promote and carry out scientific studies and submit scientific publications.
• To carry out educational programs and projects that contribute environmental awareness about marine resources, both locally and otherwise.
• To create a web of information, documentation and reference on local marine life with educational and scientific purposes.
• To stimulate and support other organizations and institutions that may share our goals.
• Promote regulated eco-tourism specially oriented towards cetaceans watching in their natural habitats.
• To support the creation of environmental and protective laws towards marine eco-systems and its resources.
• Carry out environmental campaigns: waste reduction in homes and hotels, beach cleaning, recycling etc.
• Support the certification of tour operators and tour guides involved in Whale and Dolphin watching,
• To better understand the relationship between humans and whales and dolphins, and why we are so curious and attracted to each other
• Create video documentaries on individual species and the making of the marine sanctuary
Our Proposed Marine Protected Area
off the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica
Please help us to protect this incredible area, known by National Geographic as the most biologically intense place on earth. There is no place like it in the world, and your support is needed to protect and conserve this biological hot spot.
Vida Marina's Super Team has their hands full removing hooks and lines
from the mouths of sea turtles and rescuing dolphins who have
beached themselves for whatever reason.
Vida Marina recently had great success with stopping a large scale tuna farm that was planned in the Golfo Dulce on the Osa Peninsula. The tuna farm company tried to push through the project without consulting the local people that it would affect, and without the proper environmental studies. Tuna farms such as these are very destructive to the area around them, and this company wanted to do it in a mostly enclosed Fjord, one of only three like it in the world! There is now a court order haulting the project until further environmental studies are done.
Vida Marina is also on President Arias' Peace with Nature Campaign Committee, giving us direct access to the President of Costa Rica and other governmental officials. We have been very successful in bringing Costa Rica's marine issues to the forefront and are very proud of our work in this area.
RESULTS OF COMMERCIAL FISHING
The above photos are the ones that no one likes to see, but we can't keep our heads in the sand and pretend it doesn't happen. This is a dolphin that fishermen skinned and tied to a floating bag, they even use dolphin meat as bait on long lines! Can you imagine? Next is two Olive Ridley Sea Turtles tied together to a makeshift buoy with their guts sliced open. The fishermen were looking for turtle eggs,
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And now, please enjoy a slide show of the beautiful dolphins and whales of Drake Bay, Costa Rica. All photos were taken by Vida Marina President, Sierra. We have also included some photos of the other animals found here in Drake Bay, both on land and at sea!
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