Dolphins in Tortuguero
Dolphins, especially the bottlenose dolphin, often enter freshwater and estuarine waters, especially when the tide is high. One of the reasons is to feed on fish and crustaceans that abound in rivers, wetlands and estuaries, and another theory is that they also do so for fun and curiosity. It is quite common to see them swimming in Tortuguero canals. The dolphin is extremely intelligent, and friendly, so it is not shy around boats, which is why it is relatively common to see them. In Tortuguero there are several species, some resident and some migratory. The bottlenose dolphin is the most popular and one of the largest.