Tag Archives: Costa Rica

‘Shark Highway’ discovered in Pacific

Migrating hammerheads. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons:Ryan Espanto

COCOS ISLANDS (COSTA RICA)- Scientists have discovered a 500-mile-long “shark highway” right in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, leading sharks, turtles and other marine animals from the Costa Rican Cocos Islands to the Galapagos Islands. They plan to turn it into a protected wildlife corridor in the ocean. The scientists knew that sharks migrate sometimes south to the Galapagos […]

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A safe haven for the Scalloped Hammerhead

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PUERTO JIMENEZ (COSTA RICA)- A new sanctuary in the Golfo Dulce in Costa Rica must give young Scalloped Hammerheads the opportunity to grow up in peace. Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solís announced earlier this month the designation of more than 10,000 acres of critical nursery habitat for this endangered shark species. It is thanks to the work of Rainforest Trust and its local […]

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Tiger shark kills scuba diver

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COCOS ISLAND (Costa Rica)- The pristine waters of Cocos Island, 340 miles off the Pacific coast of Costa Rica, saw their first ever shark attack when a 49-year old diver from the US was killed by a tiger shark this week. The woman, identified as a director at a New York City private equity firm, died after severe bites on both […]

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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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