Tag Archives: Costa Rica

How do Scalloped hammerheads do it?

Scalloped Hammerhead Shark (Sphyrna lewini)

COCOS ISLANDS (Costa Rica)- The endangered scalloped hammerhead shark mates in parts of the ocean where there is a high current. The sharks possibly ‘do it’ there in favor of respiration while they’re at it. This is one of the conclusions that researchers of the Charles Darwin Research Center of Ecuador found while doing research in the Isla del Coco […]

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Threshers and Silky sharks get extra protection through CITES

Silky shark. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons/Syn.

Good news for thresher sharks (Alopias spp), silky sharks (Carcharhinus falciformis), and mobula rays (Mobula spp)! The Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) voted in favor of listing them in Appendix II. Species listed in Appendix II are to be closely monitored to ensure that trade does not cause the species to become threatened […]

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Costa Rica exports fins from endangered hammerheads 

Hammerhead silhouette. Photo: Creative Commons/Istolethetv.

SAN JOSE (COSTA RICA)- Conservation groups Turtle Island Restoration Network and PRETOMA have found evidence that Costa Rica is exporting hammerhead sharks (Sphyrna lewini) to plates in Hong Kong by way of stop-overs on U.S. soil. Eastern Pacific Scalloped hammerhead sharks are listed as “endangered” under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). The export and trade of endangered species shark fins violates the environmental […]

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Costa Rica wants to export 1200 kg hammerhead fins

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SAN JOSE (COSTA RICA)- Government officials and environmentalists in Costa Rica are in disagreement on what to do with more than 1,200 kilograms of shark fins — the equivalent of about 2,000 hammerhead sharks — allegedly caught as bycatch and set to be exported to Asia. The disagreement extends to regulations published in February that environmentalists contend further threaten dwindling and […]

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Shark fins found at airport

SAN JOSE (COSTA RICA)- Inspectors from the National Animal Health Service (SENASA) of Costa Rica found a large amount of shark fins from protected species among air cargo that was to be exported to Hong Kong. The illegal fins were found in a sample inspection of three sacks of shark fins to be exported via UPS and China Airlines. Among the fins were species including […]

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Predator becomes prey

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COCOS ISLAND (COSTA RICA) – Divers with the excursion company Undersea Hunter filmed something that not many of us will ever see off the coast of Costa Rica’s remote Cocos Island National Park. A tiger shark being hunted down by a group of orcas! During the first week of September, the company spotted  this pod of orcas making its way past the island. […]

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Shark finners caught

COCO ISLAND (COSTA RICA)- Costa Rican park rangers caught a shark finning boat working the shark-infested waters off remote Coco Island. They let fourteen other boats go. That leads to doubts about the sincerity of the Costa Rican efforts to actually fighting back shark finning in their waters. Geiner Golfín, park director, said the radar detected at least 15 boats […]

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