Manuel Antonio and Quepos are an excellent jumping-off point for whale and dolphin watching. Here, the crystalline Pacific is home to migrating humpback whales, as well as spotted, common, spinner and bottlenose dolphins.
The spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris) lives in nearly all tropical and subtropical waters between 40°N and 40°S. The species primarily inhabits coastal waters, islands, or banks. However, in the eastern tropical Pacific, dolphins live far from shore. Spinner dolphins may use different habitats depending on the season.
The pantropical spotted dolphin (Stenella attenuata) is a species of dolphin found in all the world’s temperate and tropical oceans. The species was beginning to come under threat due to the killing of millions of individuals in tuna purse seines. In the 1980s, the rise of “dolphin-friendly” tuna capture methods saved millions of the species in the eastern Pacific Ocean and it is now one of the most abundant dolphin species in the world.