Humpbacked Whales and dolphins

Trip Start Jul 18, 2009
Trip End Aug 03, 2009

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Saturday, August 1, 2009

Another fabulous sunny day and another boat trip. This time we wanted to try our hand at onshore fishing as we had heard that it was great fun. We sailed out of Quepos again from the old marina. They are currently building a brand new marina but we were told a lot of the boats aren't sure they will be able to afford the fees. Our boat was the called the ’Little Yanet’ and I was relieved when I managed to leap onto her without toppling into the sea. We sped out to around the islands as this was the best place to fish. Sam wasn’t the greatest of sailors and I could see he was looking a little green after a few minutes of bobbing about in the water.

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. We saw fish leaping out of the water but nothing wanted to be caught. Then all of a sudden everyone was shouting on the other side of the boat. By the time I had put my rod down it was all over. I had missed a huge Hump-backed Whale surfacing just metres from the boat – how disappointing. I hoped it might surface again but it didn’t in our sight.

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.
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