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Want to Study Sharks? SFO Dive Show Highlights Shark Migration Research in Costa Rica

Turtle Island Restoration Network will present a seminar at the SFO Dive Show on Saturday, April 27 on their shark migration research in Cocos Island, Costa Rica. | Photo by GP Schmahl

If you’ve ever wanted to study sharks, now is your chance.

On April 27, Turtle Island Restoration Network will present a seminar on how scuba divers can participate in shark research at the SFO Dive Show.

The presentation, “Cocos Island Shark Tagging,” will explore Turtle Island Restoration Network’s research expeditions to Cocos Island National Park, Costa Rica, where Executive Director Todd Steiner and citizen-scientists have tagged more than 100 sea turtles and scores of sharks to demonstrate a connection for species migration between Cocos Island (Costa Rica) and the Galapagos Islands (Ecuador).

“Our research is setting the basis for creating the world’s first marine protected area between two nations,” Steiner said. “But we can’t do it without the assistance of citizen scientists who join our expeditions. I invite all scuba divers to join me in Cocos to help protect the incredible species that inhabit and migrate through the area.”

Each year, Steiner leads liveaboard dive expeditions to Cocos Island where in addition to viewing and photographing the incredible marine biodiversity of the Eastern Tropical Pacific, expedition participants have the exclusive opportunity to participate in sea turtle and shark migration research. For more information and to reserve a spot on a Cocos Island Dive Expedition, visit www.seaturtles.org/cocos.

The seminars will take place at the SFO Dive Show in Santa Clara on Saturday, April 27 at 12pm in the Great America Meeting Room 3 and at 3pm at the Great America Meeting Room 1. The SFO Dive Show is one of several events produced by US Dive Shows, Inc. There will be 70 exhibitors from resorts around the world, local retail professionals, social groups and seminars so travelers, new divers and experienced divers can learn and share. Tickets are available www.sfodiveshow.com.   

Turtle Island Restoration Network is a leading advocate for the world’s oceans and marine wildlife that conducts shark migration research with the help of citizen scientists who join liveaboard dive expeditions to Cocos Island. If you are interested in joining our research as a citizen scientist volunteer, please visit www.seaturtles.org/cocos