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Cocos Island Research Expedition

Mark & the Shark (Day 9)

By Cocos Island Research Expedition, Sharks

Today is our last day of diving and we got up a little early to be sure to squeeze in three full dives, and have time to take photos and enjoy each others company in this paradise. I had the good fortunate of having a curious Galapagos Shark check me out on the first dive, and on the second the chance to swim amidst a school of large benitos. Mark even tagged a Galapagos! Beautiful everywhere you look.

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Juvenile Green Sea Turtle ‘Gina’ Migrates More than 310 Miles from Cocos Island to Golfo Dulce

By Cocos Island Research Expedition, Gulf Education & Outreach, Sea Turtles

A green turtle (Chelonia mydas) that was tagged in Cocos Island National Park travelled more than 310 miles in 21 days to seek refuge in the Golfo Dulce of Costa Rica, establishing the first proof of biological connectivity between these two important marine ecosystems.

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Shark Fin Rock, Marvelous Manta Rays & Pirate Lore (Day 7)

By Cocos Island Research Expedition, Marine Mammals & Seabirds, Sea Turtles

And that’s when we met an endangered Giant Manta Ray. Giant Manta Rays are the largest of all species of Rays and are instantly recognizable underwater by their size and horn-like features (which is why they are also known raya diablo). The Ray came from the blue and gave us a show – flapping its wings and gliding with such power and grace that we had no

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