This is the whale season in Costa Rica. I do not have any photos of whales, so I am illustrating the story with this photo taken from a boat off looking down Langosta Beach while sailing out of Tamarindo Bay.
The guests who rented our Langosta Beach condo for the past two weeks sent me an email that they saw two whales from our patio/balcony. Tourists going out on the boat excursions from Tamarindo have been seeing whales.
The current issue of National Geographic magazine has an article on blue whales off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. The article discusses a phenomenon in the ocean called the Costa Rica Dome, where ocean currents mix and contain nutrient rich waters with lots of krill for whales to eat. Some blue whales spend five months of the year in the area, before going north for the summer.
The National Geographic article found whales who had been tagged off the coast of Santa Barbara in the summer wintering off the coast Costa Rica. The article said that no human has ever witnessed the birth of a blue whale, which is the world's largest mammal, averaging 80 feet (24 m.) in length as adults and 25 feet (7.6 m.) at birth.
I am sorry that I do not have a photo of a whale off the coast of Costa Rica. The area of the ocean shown in this photo would be very close to and an equivalent location to where whales have been spotted. The guests renting our condo saw whales from our patio/balcony, and our condo is located just down the beach from the area shown in this photo.