01 Mar '12, 4am

An Underwater Serengeti

An Underwater Serengeti

Scientists and Recreational Scuba Divers Are Working to Protect the Spectacular Marine Life in the Waters Around Costa Rica’s Cocos Island By Todd Steiner. Photos by George Duffield and Nonie Silver Jacques Cousteau described Cocos Island as the most beautiful island in the world, and the few people who have a chance to visit would likely agree with the praise. Located about halfway between Costa Rica (to which it belongs) and Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands, Cocos Island is a place of superlatives. It is the only island in the eastern Pacific Ocean that has a tropical rainforest and, with peaks as high as 2,000 feet, the only one with cloud forests as well. Six-hundred-foot-high cliffs punctuated by tree-lined bays form the shoreline. The rugged landscape makes for stunning scenery: Waterfalls tumble down the mountains, turn into streams and rivers, and then cascade straight ...

Full article: http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/eij/article/...

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