Costa Rica National Parks
The Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge
Costa Rica National Parks, the Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife
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
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."
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
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
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