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Cocos Isle Diving -- Hammerhead Sharks I’m a large believer within discovering as numerous magical locations in a life time as possible. NOt the mythical kind where one may encounter leprechauns or fairies, but the type where anything is possible and also you never know what you will discover..... I was fortunate enough to discover such a place last summer time. It is the world’s largest uninhabited island. It is also a national park along with a UNESCO world Heritage site. Reaching it requires a 36 hour vessel ride 600km into the pacific ocean. Any guesses? This magical place happens to be Cocos National park and is a part of Costa Rica. You will find over 90 different types of birds living there, over 200 falls , and rainbows almost every day that disappear into the sapling covered island. The only inhabitants are the ranger and volunteers living on one part of the island. There is even thought to be many hidden items there buried by cutthroat buccaneers ! Perhaps you can begin to see why we consider this a magical place? in my opinion , it is probably the most beautiful locations on earth, however what makes it truly magical lies in the seas surrounding the area. Cocos is one of the few places on the planet that is home to one of the world’s largest colleges of scalloped hammerhead sharks, numbering within the hundreds! just in case the hammerhead sharks were not enough, white tip, silvertips, silkys and the odd Galapagos and whale shark also frequent the area. Cocos island diving is among the best shark diving destinations on the planet for shark runs into. Cocos Island scuba diving is famous for it's hammerhead sharks. Contrary to popular belief, most sharks are not dangerous to individuals. Having stated this I almost had to be pushed off the vessel on my personal first plunge into the shark infested seas. My expectations associated with “magical moments” were higher , this was Cocos Island scuba diving after all and that i was not disappointed. My fellow scuba divers and I were graced with the presence associated with whale shark, the world’s largest fish measuring ~12m on our second day's diving along with sharks. We jumped into the water and moments later the regal fish appeared. Seconds later it disappeared into the azure. It is truly quizzical that a fish just too large can disappear so quickly ! On several events on our Cocos island diving trip , we jumped into a dark ocean on the night plunge knowing that the feeding frenzy was taking place just a few yards below us – in the event that is not the leap associated with faith, we don’t what is. White suggestion sharks hunt at night within packs and we were lucky enough to join them as they aggressively pursued their own dinner whilst fish quivered behind rocks hoping their own hiding place proved to not be a fatal mistake. 1 might think that 15 approximately divers all with lights may interfere with their own dinner ideas , but the sharks always seemed oblivious in order to us. Actually , you could lie down and they would swim correct over a person , providing a fantastic shark encounter. This unbelievable night plunge also contributes to Cocos island diving as one of the best locations on the planet for shark runs into. You would believe that all these shark encounters will be enough even for an adrenalin junky such as myself, however I continued to be captivated through the seemly mythical schools associated with hammerheads until day three, when literally out of the blue , a school associated with 50 approximately hammerheads emerged right before our eyes. I was in amazement. I opened my mouth area and ended up swallowing the mouthful associated with sea drinking water which returned the same way it entered soon after. Normally, this would have irritated me however I was totally enthralled through the hammerheads. Shark diving from its greatest ! The most fascinating a part of hammerhead sharks is the distinctive shape of their head. They look very comical once they swim as their head looks disjointed in the rest of themselves. Hammerhead sharks found in colleges are usually women. Sometimes they're recognizable from their mating marks , since when hammerhead sharks mate , the guys hang on to the females with their mouths leaving large marks. Ouch! it was because of such a mating scar that I met my first hammerhead, who I called Mona, which means “monkey” within Spanish, simply because in addition to sharks, I also love monkeys! The first time I noticed Mona, your woman was through herself and came a lot closer to me than the other hammerhead sharks did. She would come very close, swim away, and then come close to me again. She would do this for approximately ten minutes the follow on my personal dive, however never becoming aggressive. I was so fired up to see the hammerhead shark so near that I was flipping around a lot and breathing very fast. Maybe Mona was just curious to see who this uncomfortable creature was that was providing off an extremely strong electric field, probably unlike anything she had experienced from her usual graceful victim ! After determining that whilst maybe i was funny to watch , I wasn’t suitable victim after all, she would go in research of the woman's preferred victim - fish , rays, or even squid. I noticed Mona on five more dives and every time your woman saw me , she would approach me, sometimes alone and sometimes your woman brought together a friend. Your woman was never intense nor did she come too near. I looked forward to these shark encounters and was so fired up to see my personal new unpredicted friend. I had no clue that sharks could be curious about us people , but Mona certainly seemed curious and provided memorable shark runs into and was one of the highlights of my personal Cocos island diving trip. After ten days, our Cocos island diving trip was over and it was time to leave Cocos. We vowed to do something to protect magical place and my personal newfound buddy. You see, Cocos Island is a protected national park where fishing isn't allowed, however I noticed several hammerhead sharks along with fish hooks dangling from their mouths, most likely the lucky escapees associated with illegal fishermen and because of limited assets , shark conservation is not strongly enforced from Cocos. Unfortunately not all sharks are therefore lucky and action is required for Cocos Island scuba diving to remain a top destination for shark encounters along with a magical place. SHARK CONSERVATION Sharks of all varieties are frequently caught for their fins, which is after that made into shark fin soups , even though shark fins have no nutritional or even proven wellness benefit. Generally the shark fins are cut off the shark when they are still in existence and then the rest of the shark’s body is tossed back into the ocean. Unable to swim with out fins, the shark possibly drowns or even gets consumed alive. The shark experiences a cruel and unneeded death and most of the meat is squandered. Last year one hundred million sharks were killed for their fins. Shark communities everywhere are decreasing rapidly because of shark finning. REsearchers estimate that shark communities have decreased by 90% in the past ten years primarily due to shark finning and that shark births can't keep up with the slaughter, so if we keep killing sharks, they will become extinct and our shark conservation efforts will have failed. Both most important shark conservation efforts you can consider are: 1) preventing the demand for shark b soup, which is frequently present in Asian restaurants throughout the world. Do not eat shark fin soups or support restaurants who serve it. 2) Shark finning must end if we are to succeed in our shark conservation efforts. Participate in the ban associated with shark finning activties whenever we can. Write characters to governments , support NGOs that are actively engaged within shark conservation efforts and obtain the word out. 3) You can also promote shark conservation : Saving Sharks through Shark Tourism. I am optimistic that once individuals are aware of the atrocity associated with shark finning, they will take action , participate in shark conservation efforts and sharks will be around for another four hundred million many years. I hope to do another Cocos Island scuba diving trip, my personal magical place , one day very soon and see my friend Mona once again. Who knows, perhaps I will even see you inside my magical place too! meanwhile , I hope you find your own magical places to discover. Costa Rica surf
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