Report: Volunteer Divers, Scientists Tag Sharks on April Cocos Island Expedition

Volunteer divers, marine biologists, scientists, and dive masters joined Turtle Island Restoration Network on one of the organization’s yearly research expeditions to Cocos Island National Park to conduct sea turtle and shark research in April 2019.

In April 2019, a crew of volunteer divers, marine biologists, scientists, and dive masters joined Turtle Island Restoration Network (TIRN) on one of the organization’s yearly research expeditions to Cocos Island National Park, located 350 miles off the coast of Costa Rica. During the 10-day trip, expedition participants helped TIRN accomplish a number of important objectives:

  • Download Acoustic Receivers
  • Acoustic Shark Tagging Underwater on Scuba
  • Biopsy Samples
  • Video Transects
  • Survey for Sea Turtles at Dive Sites
  • Tiger Shark Presence
  • Illegal Fishing Vessel
  • Unusual Sighting
  • Shark and Ray Counts

Details on the above objectives and a list of expedition participants are available in our trip report.

If you are interested in joining our research, email Todd Steiner, trip leader and executive director of TIRN, at tsteiner@seaturtles.org.

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