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Mark & the Shark (Day 9)

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.

Make Way for Dolphins (Day 8)

Everything was moving, the water was a bit colder, there were strong currents, and giant schools of black tuna swimming in slow circles by us. We were surrounded by life.

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

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

The Sea Turtles & Science (Day 6)

Today the Blue Team caught the first sea turtle of the journey – a Hawksbill named Georgina! They approached the main boat the Argo shouting “sea turtle!” I was about to meet my very first sea turtle!

Follow Our Feb. Cocos Island Expedition – Day by Day Trip Reports

Follow our Feb. Cocos Island Expedition in this series of blog posts. The expedition set out to track sea turtles and sharks in order to create a protected science-based swimway that will safeguard endangered marine wildlife during their migrations in the Eastern Tropical Pacific.

Night Time is the Right Time to See Whitetip Reef Sharks (Day 5)

This is my first night dive ever and I am in awe of the way the ocean comes alive in the dark. Dive Master Giovanni guides us underwater with with the help of Laurent, who uses his bright camera lights to illuminate the ocean floor, while Dive Master Jim slowly follows behind the group.

Dirty Rock (Day 4)

The sunrise was spectacular as it rose over the Island and hit our boat with perfect morning light. While I am busy taking photos of the moment, fellow divers join me on the upper deck with coffee.

Time To Dive (Day 3)

We follow Brayan our dive master who has a bright yellow tank and is easy to spot underwater through the oasis around Manuelita for this and our third dive of the day . . .

GivingTuesday is Tuesday, December 2nd!

#GivingTuesday™ is a movement created to celebrate giving on the Tuesday following Cyber Monday. Join in by making a donation to Turtle Island on Dec. 2nd!

Turtle Island Call for Action on Ocean Acidification.

Turtle Island signed on to an open letter addressed to Washington Governor Inslee’s commending him for his leadership on ocean acidification, and also addressed to the Department of Ecology asking that they follow suit and also take action on ocean acidification.

Voluntourism

“It’s the most incredible underwater place I’ve ever been,” says Todd Steiner, executive director of the California-based Sea Turtle Restoration Project. “It’s a superhighway of giant animals — like the plains of Africa, only underwater.”

Nominate Turtle Island for Heart of Marin Awards

Have you sent in your nomination for the 22nd Annual CVNL Heart of Marin Awards? Please nominate Turtle Island Restoration Network for the ‘Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence’ award; And please nominate a dedicated SPAWN volunteer for ‘Volunteer of the Year.’

Banner Day for Shark Conservation!

This week, Turtle Island has been in Quito, Ecuador for the 11th meeting of the United Nation’s Conference of Parties of the Convention on

Turtle Island Attends Historic Convention on Migratory Species to Promote the Record Number of Protections Proposed for Sharks, Rays & Marine Mammals

Turtle Island Restoration Network’s Executive Director Todd Steiner and Conservation Science Director Alex Hearn are in Quito, Ecuador attending the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) to lobby for the inclusion of several species needing greater protection including silky sharks, hammerhead shark, mobula ray’s and other marine species such as the polar bear.

Movers & Shakers: Doug Karpa

Turtle Island Restoration Network, an international ocean and marine conservation organization headquartered in Marin, has hired Kentfield native Doug Karpa as a staff attorney.

Intern Spotlight: Meet Sara Gendel

Sara Gendel, a graduate student at Bard College in New York, joined the Turtle Island Restoration Network team this July as our newest conservation intern.

Shark Scientists Focus on Finding Out Where Threatened Sharks Swim at International Bogotá Conference

Shark scientists gathered last week at a conference organized by the Colombian Presidential Agency for International Cooperation to learn how to effectively track the migration patterns and behavior of threatened sharks species with specialized underwater acoustic tags,* as well as strengthen the Latin-American Migramar network of scientists studying marine migratory patterns in the Eastern Pacific.

Cocos Island Marine Protected Area Sky Patrol Project

Schools of hammerhead sharks, Silky, Galapagos and Tiger sharks, and gentle sea turtles abound in the waters surrounding Cocos Island National Marine Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cocos Island sits approximately 350 miles from the Costa Rican mainland and is surrounded by a 12-mile no-take Marine Protected Area.

Cocos Island Expedition Update from Graduate Student Elena Nalesso

Turtle Island Restoration Network is sponsoring graduate student Elena Nalesso in her efforts to better understand the sharks of the Cocos Islands. Elena is currently completing her thesis on the island’s sharks and recently returned from her first Cocos Island Expedition.

Sea Turtle Swims Into History

Sanjay, a 117-pound male, Pacific green sea turtle made history when he swam from the protected water of Cocos Island Marine National Park in Costa Rica and crossed into the Galapagos Marine Reserve in Ecuador.

Green turtle links Costa Rica’s Cocos Island with Ecuador’s Galapagos

One normal migration for turtles, one giant discovery for humankind. With his 14-day journey from the waters of Costa Rica’s Cocos Island National Park to the Galapagos Marine Reserve in Ecuador, “Sanjay,” an endangered green sea turtle, established the first direct migration link between the two protected areas.

Tax-Deductible Cocos Dive Trips, and Others Around the World

My two previous trips to Cocos Island were on the MV Argo, another of the Undersea Hunter fleet, to assist biologists from the U.S.-based Sea Turtle Restoration Network ( STRN; www.seaturtles.org ) and the Costa Rican group PRETOMA (www.pretoma.org ). Our mission was to tag sharks and capture sea turtles at Cocos’ iconic dive sites, which meant I had to override my “programming” of not harassing sea life.

Cocos Island Research Expedition

You are invited to join me, Todd Steiner, Executive Director of the Sea Turtle Restoration Project, on an 10 or 12-day live-aboard dive research expedition to Cocos Island National Park to help study the sea turtles and sharks of the region.

Cocos Island November 2013 Expedition Report

As part of a research program to understand the ecology and movements of sharks and turtles within and beyond the borders of Costa Rica’s Cocos Island National Park (Cocos), participants spent nine days at Cocos capturing and tagging sea turtles and sharks.

Cocos Island September/ October 2012 Expedition Report

As part of a research program to understand the ecology and movements of sharks and turtles within and beyond the borders of Costa Rica’s Cocos Island National Park (Cocos), participants spent nine days at Cocos capturing and tagging sea turtles and sharks.

Cocos Island April 2012 Expedition Report

As part of a research program to understand the ecology and movements of sharks and sea turtles within and beyond the borders of Costa Rica’s Cocos Island National Park (Cocos), participants spent seven days at Cocos capturing and tagging sea turtles and sharks.

Cocos Island September 2011 Expedition Report

As part of a research program to understand the ecology and movements of sharks and sea turtles within and beyond the borders of Costa Rica’s Cocos Island National Park (Cocos), participants spent seven days at Cocos capturing and tagging sea turtles and sharks.