Humpbacked Whales and dolphins
Trip Start Jul 18, 2009
16Trip End Aug 03, 2009
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There was only the owner and one crew member aboard and he started to put some fish onto the end of the rods. We cast them out but immediately either got tangled with each other or caught onto the rocks. I kept feeling that something was nibbling at the line but I think I was just feeling the live bait wriggling around
The fishing was not good and although we had different weights and fished in different areas we caught nothing. Other boats were just as unlucky. Then it came over the radio that there were a school of dolphins sighted close by so we put down the rods and sped over to see them. I think they were common dolphin and there was a group of 6-8 that were happily swimming about. It almost made up for missing the whale!
We went back to do some more fishing but with still no luck then one of the other boats radioed in to say that three Columbian Drug Running boats were being pursued by Costa Rican and American coastguard. We could just see them; three high powered speed boats and we could just make them out being pulled over while a large American coastguard vessel was quickly speeding to the scene. We had earlier seen a plane come over incredibly low and believe this was coastguards also. It was quitte exciting and far enough away not to be dangerous as the Columbian drug runners often carry weapons – Ross Kemp eat your heart out!
Late afternoon we took another walk in the hotel gardens and saw a troupe of Howler Monkeys with their babies. They were incredibly close and it seemed ironic that we had seen more sloths and monkeys here than in any of the parks.