During many years, the warm waters south of the Nicoya Peninsula have been visited by whales that migrate from the colder waters in the Northern Hemisphere or the Southern Hemisphere. In our marine area, we see Humpback whales that traveled 6000 kilometers in order to give birth to their offsprings in warmer waters and protected from predators such as White Sharks or Orcas.
These whales leave their feeding areas in South America during the summer and spring seasons, but as the polar winter approaches in the southern hemisphere, they begin their migration to the waters near the coast of Costa Rica.
At the end of August, the first individuals reach the waters near Curu and Tortuga Islands. The females carry in their wombs the new offsprings and give birth in the calm and shallow waters where they will learn to swim and behave like whales. The mother whale and her baby will stay in the surrounding area for about 2 months, this time is used for training and breastfeeding, then both begin their journey back to the feeding areas in South America.
During these two months that they spend in the coast near Curú, females give birth and almost immediately they are ready to mate with males who have migrated along with the females, so males are seen courting (singing) and mating in the same waters where mothers give birth. We have hydrophones for listening to their mating songs.
Once the baby whales are strong and slightly trained, mothers (carrying in her wombs the new generations) begin their return to the feeding sites in the Southern Hemisphere.
During the months of August to November, you can see these huge mammals jumping and moving in the waters near Curu and Tortuga Islands, so their sighting is easy.
As part of our contribution to these giant mammals, we are funding a study (research) for whale watching, in which tour companies, scientists and local fishermen are involved. This is the first study conducted with whales in the area of Tortuga Islands. When you hire our company, ensures that part of your money is invested for the benefit of the species.
We are also studying dolphins in the area, so in addition to whales, dolphins can be seen during these tours.