FIELD GUIDE Animal Directory

SEALIFE

Costa Rica’s large pelagic animals include rays, sharks, dolphins, humpback whales, and other cetaceans. Whales and dolphins are frequently seen in Golfo Dulce, Golfo de Nicoya, and in the warm waters surrounding Isla del Caño and Isla del Coco. Scuba divers and snorkelers can enjoy closeup encounters with groupers, hammerhead sharks, whale sharks, and other marine creatures, including more than 120 species of fish that swim among the 35 different types of coral. Five of the world’s seven marine turtle species nest on Costa Rican beaches, especially around Tortuguero and Nicoya.

TAXONOMY

Dolphins and whales are in the Cetacean order of air-breathing mammals that ...

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