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Costa Rica Highlights: Trip 1

Updated: Nov 22, 2023

*This post was originally uploaded on January 20th, 2019 on a website that has since been deleted. Posts from that website will be re-uploaded here at a later date.

In January 2019, our team traveled to Costa Rica to begin our field work. Out on the water

we got to see some of the amazing marine species that call these waters home. Check out some of our favorite clips in the video below.

In this video, we highlight the rich diversity of critters we are fortunate to see while out on the water. While the goal is to fish for blue marlin and sailfish, we often get the opportunity to see other other species as well, including different species of playful dolphins, and colorful sporty fish like the beautiful dorado (Mahi-mahi)! This part of the ocean is considered a "biological hotspot" and has been designated by Mission Blue as a "Hope Spot". The Costa Rica Thermal Dome was first named a Hope Spot in 2014, and Mission Blue now celebrates Dr. Jorge Jiménez and his team at Fundación MarViva (MarViva Foundation) as the Hope Spot Champion in recognition of their ongoing work in marine spatial planning in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean and their partnership with governments to establish an international, multisectoral model for the sustainable management of high seas regions.

At the end of the video, you see one of the first sailfish we tagged for this project being released and swimming away from the boat. Seeing these amazing and powerful animals up close for the first time was inspirational for our team, and we are excited to start getting data back from the tags we deployed when they release from the fish. We deployed tags programmed to last 6, 9 or 12 months; so now we wait to see what our fish do and where they go over the next year.

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