On the southern Pacific coast in Costa Rica it is whale season. During mid-September is when humpback whales come from the north to have their calves in the warm waters of Costa Rica. The National Park Marina Ballena is where many of these whales can be found and small boats filled with visitors from San Jose will make the trip out to catch a glimpse of these gentle giants.
What might not have been expected this year is the 8 different sitings of the killer whales (orcas) or as many of us know “Shamu”. It is truly fascinating to see one of these whales in the wild. These whales are thought to be coming into the waters of Costa Rica as close as 10 miles off shore looking for food near the Caño Island. What you might not find as fascinating is that they feed on the calves of other whales in the area.
The Whale festival in National Park Marina Ballena is expected to have an estimated 10,000 visitors over the course of 6 days which happens to be the main source of cash flow for many of the families in the area. The dates are from September 6th, 7th, 8th, & 13th, 14th, 15th.