The Pacific Spotted Dolphin is of the most intelligent mammals of the water is on constant Welcome Committee Watch when you arrive at the South Pacific Region of Costa Rica, such as Drake Bay, Osa Peninsula, Corcovado National Park, and the nearby beaches. Here are some interesting facts about the Pacific Spotted Dolphin.
Depending on the year you’re visiting the country, you can find humpback whales too. Since this country has so many nationals parks, you can find so many types of animals in Costa Rica, making it one of the best choices for activities like wildlife watching and bird watching! Every year, many tourists visit the country for an eco-friendly travel experience and make their way to many of the beaches or green areas you can find in the country. You can go surfing, go hiking, camping and so many other outdoor activities here.
Facts About Pacific Spotted Dolphin
Even though they are plentiful of these amazing animals in this part of the world, they are still in danger of becoming extinct every day of their lives.
1. Dolphins are social and super playful creatures, sometimes gathering in groups of 1,000 or more, especially in offshore populations. Although, groups of a few hundred are more norm.
2. Dolphins can easily swim up to 30 km/h and may speed next to boats, performing acrobatic leaps.
3. Females will have one calf every 2 to 3 years, after an 11½ -month gestation period. And the baby then nurses for 18 months.
4. The normal life expectancy of this animal is up to 45 years, but thousands are killed every year in nets of men fishing for yellow fin tuna. The spotted dolphin’s diet is similar to tuna (ex: squid), and that’s why dolphins are often with them. As a matter of fact, fishermen purposefully follow dolphins to the tuna, subsequently pulling them in with the catch.
5. In Japan, 2,000 spotted dolphins are still intentionally killed every year for food.