Notes from Puerto Viejo De Talamanca

August 19, 2010

Congratulations to Craig Schieber for being selected in the International Surfing Association World Masters Surfing Championship. Craig will be competing in the surf tournament in Santa Catalina,Panama, from Aug. 27 to Sept. 5. For information on how to follow our neighbor in the tournament, see www.surfingcr.net.

The guys from the Puerto Viejo Open Pro Surf Tournament have moved the date of the tournament because of low surf. The event will be held either Aug. 21 or 28; keep tabs at www.puertoviejoopenpro.com.

The Talamancan Association of Ecotourism and Conservation (ATEC) Community Spotlight program is up and running. A group of 10 neighbors took the opportunity last week to witness theancient process of green turtles nesting in Tortuguero. It’s green turtle season from now until late September, so there is still opportunity to supportthe protection of this endangered species. For information, contact ATEC at atecmail@gmail.com.

The Aug. 27 spotlight willbe focused on Manzanillo and dolphin-watching in the protected waters of theGandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge. Did you know that these protected watersare the only place in the world where interspecies mating of dolphins has beenobserved? You might be lucky enough to experience the unique interactionsbetween bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and Tucuxi dolphins (Sotalia fluviatilis). Atlantic spotteddolphins (Stenella frontalis) are also found in thesewaters.

Contact ATEC to sign up fora special spotlight discount rate to see the dolphins on a morning or evening boat trip.

–Alaine Berg

ategmail@gmail.com

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