Dolphin Spotting in the Golfo Dulce
One morning whilst staying at Playa Cativo on the Osa Peninsula, we got up early and headed out on a boat in search of dolphins. I was excited to say the least, but tried my hardest to repress this excitement, just in case we didn’t spot any. How wrong I was to have worried.
The guides at Playa Cativo know exactly where to find the dolphins, and before long, we were surrounded by at least a hundred of them. I was desperate to capture this on camera, but at the same time wanted to just enjoy the moment, as I knew this wasn’t something I was likely to experience ever again.
Dolphins (the ones we saw were spotted dolphins) are incredibly playful mammals, meaning that they were following our boat and swimming in the waves that we had left behind. We must have spent over an hour admiring them and hearing stories of times when groups of over three hundred dolphins had been spotted at one time. I could have stayed all day. I was excited, overwhelmed, and totally stunned at what I had experienced.
It is worth noting that dolphins live in the Golfo Dulce all year round, and you have approximately a 90% chance of spotting them. I would encourage everyone to visit the Osa Peninsula and to indeed go dolphin spotting – you won’t be disappointed!
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