The cetaceans crossing the Pacific roam the coasts of the south of the country in these months of July and August. The sighting of these animals greatly benefits the economy of the region, which is one of the most affected by the socio-economic crisis in the country. “The region where Quepos is located is distinguished by its extraordinary gastronomy, its enigmatic landscapes and its service to visitors”, declared the company Marina Pez Vela.
“We have an migrating whale population from the North Pacific to our waters. They are humpback whales that feed in southern Canada and the northern United States, then migrate to breed here. It happens in the first half of the year from December to April more or less. We also have a population that emigrates during the second half of the year from Chile and the Antarctic Peninsula and is located from northern Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Panama to Costa Rica, âsaid the scientific coordinating biologist of the Promar Foundation, Javier. Rodriguez. According to the scientist, noise and chemical pollution are the main effects for whales.
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âAt the moment, the humpback whale migration of the southern hemisphere takes place, coming to tropical waters to give birth and reproduce. Costa Rica has very important places for the reproduction of whales and the Marino Ballena National Park is one of them, âhe added.
Best whale watching season of the year
âWe are in the best whale watching season in our country. By visiting Quepos, not only will we have the opportunity to live an unforgettable experience, but it will also contribute to the economic reactivation of the region, which is sorely lacking at the moment â, shared the director of the marina of Velez, Jeff Duchesneau .
“This adventure of whale watching started about 24 years ago, in the community people were artisanal fishermen and today they are tour operators, guides, captains and sailors, many work in the tourism sector and this has benefited a lot to the population of BahÃa Ballena, âsaid the Whale Association specialist, Costa Rica is in seventh place in the world where sightings occur, according to National Geographic.
Last year, the tourism sector in the coastal zone succeeded in convincing the government to postpone a collection of around 83,000 colones which it agreed to carry out in order to obtain a license allowing boats to operate for this purpose.
A need to reactivate the economy of coastal communities
“We understand the economic impact of all sectors and the need to reactivate the national economy, especially coastal communities, so it was agreed to postpone the collection of the whale watching permit until 2020 and 2021,” said said the executive chairman of the Costa. Rican Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture Incopesca, Daniel Carrasco.
âIt is a respite for many restaurateurs, hoteliers, tour operators who have suffered greatly from this pandemic. The community is positive, we thank the national tourism who visited us, the region awaits you with open arms â, commented the regional maritime coordinator, Alcides Alfaro.