El Tiburón Ballena

El Tiburón Ballena es el tipo de pez existente más grande del mundo ya que mide aproximadamente 12 metros de longitud cuando llega a su etapa adulta. Este gran pez vive en aguas cálidas tropicales y subtropicales y los estudiosos creen que ha estado en la Tierra por más de sesenta millones de años.

Desde tiempos antiguos este pez ha desarrollado la curiosidad y respeto entre los humanos ya que al ser una criatura tan grande, infunde cierto miedo pero este es injustificado ya que este animal es muy dócil y se alimenta principalmente de fitoplancton, necton, macro algas, y kril, pero a veces también lo hace de crustáceos, como larvas de cangrejo, calamares, y bancos de peces pequeños, como las anchovetas, sardinas, caballa, y atún.

Panamá es muy conocido por su biodiversidad terrestre, aérea y acuática. Por esto es que muchas personas aficionadas a la fauna y flora desean hacer un tour a Panamá ya que existen muchísimos lugares donde pueden hacer avistamiento de aves, ballenas, ranas en peligro de extinción y muchos más.

Hay muchas cosas que hacer en Panamá tales como un tour de pesca, paseo en lancha por la Bahía de Panamá, ver la Ciudad de Panamá, visitar el Causeway de Amador, visitar las esclusas, ver la Ampliación del Canal y una infinidad más de cosas. Por esta razón, el turismo en Panamá ha tenido un gran impacto directo en la economía nacional y en toda la población.

El pasado domingo 10 de julio, en un nuestro tour de pesca tuvimos la oportunidad de ver un gran tiburón ballena, el cual se nos acercó a la lancha y hasta pudimos tocarle el lomo en una oportunidad. El avistamiento de un tiburón ballena en Panamá es algo muy raro ya que normalmente estos no frecuentan estas áreas pero podemos decir que, ¡fue una excelente experiencia poder ver tan de cerca de este increíble animal!

Todo esto y más puedes disfrutarlo en alguno de nuestros tours por la Bahía o tours de pesca por las áreas cercanas a Taboga y Taboguilla.

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What determines the quantity of ships in the Panama Canal’s daily programming?

The quantity of vessels that the programming includes are basically a mix of the ships available for transit (types and sizes of the vessels), draft (ships with grater draft require more time in the locks), the Canal conditions (resources and equipment availability), the vessel’s restrictions (if the vessel has to transit on a specific time or the queue). For these reasons the quantity of vessels that cross the Panama Canal varies from day to day.

What determines the order in which the ships begin and end the transit through the Panama Canal?

For the vessels without reservation, the time in which they arrive to the Canal area determines the order between all the vessels without reservation. The vessels with reservation are arranged in a certain way the transit takes the correspondent 18 hours. Also, the ships that have some sort of priority due to international treaties are taken into consideration for the Canal’s daily programming. Once the order is decided, the programmers must arrange the vessels in the best way possible to optimize the Canal’s capacity and resources taking in consideration the time of arrival, the time in which the vessel is ready for transit and the restriction of each individual vessel. For these reasons, the order in which a ship begins its transit may not be the same order in which it ends the transit.

Why does a ship that arrived later than other one can begin transit before the one that was already there?

In general, this happens with ships that have reservation.  The reservations system allows a ship to begin its transit in a specific date without the need to wait in line based on the time of arrival. There are other considerations like the ship’s restrictions or another ship transit.

Why do ships anchor in the Gatun Lake or are tied to the tie-up stations?

Some vessels are restricted to transit only on day hours and/or not have any other vessel coming in the opposite direction in some areas of the Canal. For this reason and to ensure the 18-hours transit for the vessels with reservation, regularly some ships are scheduled to anchor o tie up in different areas of the Canal. The usage of anchorage, buoys and tie-up stations allows a more efficient utilization of the locks, therefore the Canal’s capacity.

The Panama Canal is an inter-oceanic navigation path between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean that crosses Panama in the narrowest part of the Isthmus.

Since its inauguration on August 15, 1914, it has shortened in time and distance marine communications, invigorating the commercial and economic exchange between two oceans due to a short and relatively economic transit, and being a major influence in world commerce patterns, boosting the economic growth of developed, developing countries and other remote areas as well.

In 2012, United States, China, Chile, Japan and South Korea were the top 5 main customers of the Canal

Before its opening, the natural ways that ships used to cross from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean were the Strait of Magellan and Cape Horn, both located in the southern part of America.

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