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Diving in Cocos Island is a very pleasant experience. In this island you can find splendid islets, where there are five ocean streams. The convergence of these trends creates the most favorable oceanographic conditions for the growing of the marine life not only in quantity but also in variety.It is located in the Tropical Eastern Pacific, where we can find the famous Marine Park Coco Islands in Costa Rica. This incredible green island is the heritage of humanity, and the impressively crown jewel of the many national parks of Costa Rica.

Punta Maria is the most beautiful diving place, it is a marine mountain, which rises from an area of up to 90 meters deep in the principal rock and with two spiers that reaches 65 and 75 meters below the surface, they can only be seen when you obtain the right permission. It has a clean station of hammerhead sharks and Galapagos sharks.

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Furthermore, Cocos Island has many features for example it is an astonishing degree of biodiversity. The waters of this island is very famous around the world because the marine life, many white tip reef, hammerhead sharks, dolphins, manta rays and giant moray eels, sharks and sometimes whale sharks. Often it is possible to see large schools of tuna, silky sharks, silver tip sharks, needles, green turtles and more. There are more than 300 fish species in these waters with more than 600 species of mollusks, to realize the enormity of their biodiversity.

Dive with sharks and many other amazing sealife

In addition to the above, we can find sea turtles, reef sharks, hammerhead sharks, parrot fish, mackerel, yellowfin tuna and manta. The Birostris manta, specifically has an unparalleled beauty and elegance. Piera fish is provided with an orange and unique beauty. And the green turtle are always admired because they adorn the splendid waters of Cocos Island. All this incredible biodiversity eats algae micrometer and a large number of marine insect species. The tuna and sardines, which form a special commercial interest, are repeat visitors. It is incredible the great spectacle these waters provide, especially when millimeter organisms glow in the dark night. Its multiple flashes serve as the great “backdrop” to enjoy the marine life of thousand shapes and colors. This spectacular phenomenon has a chemical reaction explanation. When the waters move those small organisms perceive environmental changes in their environment and react by releasing a substance bluish color, which allows flashes. The marine insect that abounds in these waters is copepod that measures an inch and a half.

In Cocos Island is possible to see the arrow worm, snails and crabs that live in an environment replete with multicolored algae. There are more than 50 species dinoflajeladas algal species, some of which are held in the stones and others simply float in water.

The floating algae come from the streams that come from the Indo-Pacific. Other spectacular scene that you can enjoy in this island is the red sea. This phenomenon is because these small organisms synthesized strong toxins. Cocos Island is a national park and it was declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Some refer to it as the “Sharks Island.” This popular name is due to the proliferation of white tip reef sharks, scalloped hammerhead sharks and the ever splendid and majestic whale shark.

Things to remember…

It is necessary to say that recently the National Park was renamed Seamounts Marine Management Area. Its size was increased by about five times. Today this reserve is largest than the National Park Yellowstone, which is well-known as one of the biggest parks and one of the most important of the United States.  Huge seamounts of this reserve are rising from the seabed without actually protrude from the surface. These mountains have some steep sides and channels that provide habitat for all species, which we mentioned before. Its waters are quite rich in nutrients, in the depths and on the surface; it let the species that live at bottom to feed themselves as their wish. The nutrient-rich waters that cover the seamounts of the reservation let it be a place of some migratory species.

The protection of the park helped the leatherback, which is in serious danger of extinction, now can be seen when divers want and are around. Regarding to the most attractive reefs for diving, they are Punta Maria, Punta Presidio, Punta Pacheco and parts of the Churches bays, Wafer and Chatham. In these waters the giant manta rays are moving around, together with the sailfish, parrot fish, catfish, the marble rugs, marlin, octopus, giant moray eels, and the exotic and strange batfish. Divers can enjoy as well the presence of silky sharks, humpback whales, pilot whales (also called just “whales”) and the bottlenose dolphins. It is possible to see the Lora turtles or turtles Olive Ridley and the Carey turtles.

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An intro into Marine life in Cocos islands