Mammals, reptiles, fish, insects, and birds are all just as home off the beach in Costa Rica as they are within the country's borders. Warm Pacific and Caribbean currents mean that the amount of life encountered in the saltwater around the country is as diverse and in as great a number as on land. Scuba divers, fishermen, and anyone who happens to go out for a pleasure cruise will be able to attest to this truth.

Marine Life Conservation

Endangered wildlife in the ocean have also been granted areas of refuge where the government holds sway over territorial waters. This is especially important off of Cocos Island, where large schools of hammerhead and more solitary whale sharks are at risk. 


Costa Rica Sea Turtles

Tortuguero was named for its sea turtle population. Several species of the marine going variety will lay their eggs here and call the waters just offshore home.

Costa Rica Crocodiles

Sea Turtles share these waters with saltwater crocodiles. Another reptile worthy of the sea are the ocean living venomous serpents that can be found in the area.

Costa Rica Whales and Dolphins

Manatee, whales of varying species, and a multitude of dolphin/porpoise, are native to Costa Rica. Especially off the Nicoya Peninsula, you can see humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins, spinner dolphins, and common dolphins. 

Costa Rica Crustaceans

Oceanic bugs are any sort of unique arthropod that defy other classification. Crustaceans, especially, fit this bill. And oh the birds that devour them. Choppy seas must be created over the flap, flap, flap of the flocks of ravenous seabirds in the area.