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Cocos Island National Park, Costa Rica: An Underwater Serengetti

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Todd Steiner:  Cocos Island National Park, Costa Rica: An Underwater Serengetti

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Jacques Cousteau called Cocos Island “the most beautiful in the world.”  Located about halfway between Costa Rica and Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands, it is the only island in the eastern Pacific Ocean supporting tropical rainforest.

What I found underwater, though, was much more impressive.  “Megafauna” — large-bodied species — congregate around the island. Its relative isolation, ocean countercurrents, wind patterns, and underwater seamounts combine to create an ecosystem that supports one of the most amazing displays of marine life on the planet. The sheer abundance of large animals underwater found at one place was unfathomable for me before I visited Cocos.

I will share the beauty of Cocos through photography, what we are learning about the importance of CocosIsland for sea turtles and sharks, and what needs to be done to protect these species at Cocos and during their migrations to and from Cocos.  I will also describe our Cocos Island Citizen Scientist program that is involving divers in collecting data and assisting us on our research expeditions.

Biography:                 

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Todd Steiner, M.S., Executive Director, Turtle Island Restoration Network 
Todd Steiner is the founder and executive director of Turtle Island Restoration Network (TIRN), overseeing its four primary initiatives – SeaTurtles.org, SpawnUSA.org, and GotMercury.org. He holds a masters degree in Biology and currently leads research on sea turtles and sharks at Cocos Island National Park, Costa Rica. Todd initially founded the Sea Turtle Restoration Project as part of Earth Island Institute in 1989. Prior to that, he worked as a wildlife biologist at Everglades National Park then was director of Earth Island’s Save the Dolphin project, which was responsible for bringing to public view the tuna industry’s impact on dolphins and other marine species and. He has more than 30 years experience protecting and restoring endangered species and habitats. Todd currently serves as a member of IUCN (World Conservation Union) Marine Turtle Specialist Group, Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council, NOAA-DFG Priority Action Coho Team Technical Working Group, and the Lagunitas Creek Technical Advisory Committee.

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  • Summer S.

    Well presented, informative, and very inspiring.

    1 · August 27, 2014

  • Summer S.

    David, that was so beautifully said. Todd did an excellent presentation and I am so thankful I made it there. Very inspiring and I learned a lot. Thank you Lynette and Todd.

    1 · August 27, 2014

  • David H.

    Todd Steiner is my hero, followed closely by my quest to join & become a Sea Turtle Hero. Since childhood on the west coast of Malaysia, growing up riding sea turtles that had migrated from Australia to lay their eggs on the sand; watching each tear, signifying a new baby sea turtle egg, give new life; then riding on their back down into the sea before jumping off--I've been in love with sea turtles! Fortunate to have been on dive trips worldwide, but never Cocos Island nor the Galapagos! Todd you inspired me; made my heart soar with joy hearing, and seeing the breathtaking pictures of these magnificent Sea Turtles, Sharks, Rays, Eels and all manner of sea life you all captured so beautifully! Just made me feel hope & confidence we can each make a difference if we just get involved. Count on me!

    1 · August 27, 2014

    • Sailor D.

      Hi David, glad that you enjoyed it and felt inspired. Thanks for sharing your childhood memories and comments with us!

      August 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent presentation by Todd Steiner with stunning photography. He inspired many of our attendees.

    2 · August 27, 2014

  • geoff

    amazing underwater photography

    1 · August 26, 2014

  • Sailor D.

    The bus stop in Sausalito is Bridgeway and Easterby St., right by the 7-11 which is a few doors south from Saylor's.

    August 26, 2014

    • Colette

      Dave, I'm so bummed out to tell you it's so hard being a real estate agent sometimes. I have to work tonight. Really wanted to be with all of you. It will have another time.

      1 · August 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am going to do my best to be there but it is my son's last few days home from college so... Dave, is it better to cancel now and then come if I can or wait and see? Thanks for your always helpful advice!! Look forward to seeing you - it's been too long!

    1 · August 26, 2014

    • Sailor D.

      Hi Patricia, it's up to you, and I hope that you can attend. There is no reserved seating, unlike a restaurant or actual sailing event where seats are saved for each RSVP, so it's all up to you and we won't be taking attendance. It's upstairs at Saylor's, and to get a seat, don't be late! I suspect this will be a very good event, though.

      August 26, 2014

  • Summer S.

    Is anyone going to this event from San Francisco? I would like to hitch a ride.

    August 25, 2014

    • Sailor D.

      Since no one replied, the #10 Golden Gate bus, and I think it was the #72 also, stops almost right in front of Saylors, maybe 1/2 block away at most.

      August 26, 2014

    • Summer S.

      Thank you Dave for the info - you are so thoughtful.

      1 · August 26, 2014

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