The Marine Life of the Pacific Ocean


Deep Waters

Humpback Whale

(Ballena jorobada)

The humpback whales from the northern hemisphere migrate either from Alaska or Antarctica to mate off the coast of Costa Ballena from December to April. And those from the the south, start to arrive on our shores as of July and stay well into October. During the first weeks of September, an annual Whales & Dolphins Festival is held to celebrate their abundance.

Pilot Whale

(Ballena piloto) 

Beaked Whale


False Killer Whale

(Falsa orca)


White Tip Reef Shark

(Tiburón de arrecife de punta blanca)


Bottle-nosed Dolphin

(Delfín nariz de botella)


Pacific Spotted Dolphin

(Delfín manchado tropical)


Long-snouted Spinner Dolphin

(Delfín girador o acróbata de hocico largo)


Spotted Eagle Ray

(Rayo de águila manchado)


Manta Ray



Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

(Tortuga olivácea o Tortuga lora)


Leatherback Sea Turtle

(Tortuga laúd)


Hermit Crab

(Cangrejo ermitaño)



Reef Life



(Peces ángel)


Red Snapper

(Pargo rojo)





Parrot fish



Wrasse fish




(Peces erizo)


Sea urchin

(Erizos de mar)


Sand dollar

(Dólar de arena)


Star fish

(Estrellas de mar)


Jelly Fish




Did You Know?

Costa Rica’s marine area reaches 580,000 km2, approximately 10 times larger than its land area of only 52,100 km2.