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Setting sail from Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Cocos Island is a dot of land 300 miles west in the Pacific Ocean. Remote and wild, Cocos Island rises out of deep water five degrees north of the Equator, some few hundred miles north of the equally famous Galapagos Islands. Cocos Island marine life includes schooling eagle rays, countless white tip sharks, marbled stingrays, green and hawksbill turtles, king angelfish, butterfly fishes, big eye jacks, leather bass, spotted blue jacks, trumpet fish, puffer fish, yellow and blue striped snappers, etc. Icing on the cake comes June through November when immense schools of great hammerhead sharks congregate. Yes, it is safe to scuba dive with these fabulous animals, and an experience you will never forget.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|