[MARMAM] new website database GolfoDulce.org

Brooke Bessesen brooke at brookebessesen.com
Wed Feb 4 08:09:33 PST 2015


I am pleased to announce the launch of a new website, www.GolfoDulce.org,
which provides links to scientific articles about Golfo Dulce-a rare
tropical fiord along Costa Rica's Osa Peninsula. Simply click the category
of interest and browse the compilation of titles. Read an article by
clicking the [link]. 

 

Cetaceans have been a major focus of research in Golfo Dulce. The Pacific
waters surrounding the Osa Peninsula are recognized as the sole locale where
North Pacific and Southern Ocean humpbacks, Megaptera novaeangliae,
geographically overlap and Golfo Dulce appears to serve as a calving ground
and nursery for this rorqual whale. Sympatric populations of Pantropical
spotted dolphins, Stenella allenuata, and bottlenose dolphins, Tursiops
truncatus, also reside in Golfo Dulce; the later species has been reported
with LLD, lacaziosis-like disease. Other cetaceans, including Byrde's whale,
Balaenoptera edeni, and false killer whales, Pseudorca crassidens, have been
documented inside the embayment.

Access to peer-reviewed data is vital for officials who must evaluate and
determine conservation policies for Golfo Dulce. The website aims to provide
government leaders, researchers and conservationists with direct links to
scientific references. Escalating anthropogenic pressure is increasing
vulnerability of biodiversity and wildlife populations are in decline. Only
through sound research and protective strategies may Golfo Dulce continue to
be one of Costa Rica's most important and vibrant marine habitats. 

 

We hope you find www.GolfoDulce.org useful and informative. 

 


Cheers,

Brooke Bessesen

Research Fellow

Osa Conservation

brooke.bessesen at cox.net

 

 

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