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Costa Rica National Parks
The Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge

Amongst Costa Rica National Parks, the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge 
is one of the most magnificent coastal regions of scenic beauty in Costa Rica. 
Near Hotel Kasha, visit this nature lovers haven on your Dolphin Safari Tour.

Along the coast are innumerable coconut palm trees surrounded 
by coral reefs extending  200 meters off shore, and abundant octocorals.

Some of the fish are unusually attractive because of their brilliant colors:  
queen angelfish, with a light blue body covered by yellow spots and a yellow 
head and tail. Blue parrotfish, which has a black stripe running down his face. 

Other species that thrive in the reefs are lobster, white shrimp, sponges, 
red urchin, long spined black urchin, green sun anemone, and hydroids which 
can be found in cracks and under the reefs. A plant that grows in the reef area 
is turtle grass. It forms an underwater grassland, not very deep and hosted by 
several kinds of seaweed.

The leatherback turtles -an endangered species- arrive in the months of April 
and May. Each one lays over 100 eggs at a time. One of the most ancient of reptiles 
-measuring up to
10 feet- they travel more than 4000 miles and grow over 6000% in 
10 years on a jellyfish diet. 
Pete Majerle says that "due to chemical imprinting from the sand, turtles return back 
to same beach where they were hatched, to lay their eggs after reaching sexual maturity, 
some ten to fifteen years later." 

Most of the refuge, flat or gently rolling with small hills 
no higher that 100 meters, is covered with forests and the rest is grasslands.  

To the southwest of the refuge lies the Gandoca Estuary, made up almost exclusively 
of red mangrove. It protects a bank of oysters and is a spawning site for the Atlantic tarpon. 
West Indian manatees -an endangered species- can also be seen here. 
The refuge protects several other endangered species such as the crocodile, 
the tapir, the caiman and the paca. Some of the birds are the crested-mandibled 
toucan, ornate hawk eagle, red capped manakin, collated aracari and lineated woodpecker.

Your Dolphin Safari Tour takes you also to Monkey Point.
An interesting geomorphologic feature to be seen at Monkey Point Island  
is a kind of plateau formed by old coral reefs that stands 30 meters high.

(BOZA,MARIO A. "COSTA RICA NATIONAL PARKS" ED HELICONIA FUND.NEOTROPICA SAN JOSE COSTA RICA )



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