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Julie Andersen, founder of Shark Angels, returns to Cocos Island nearly 10 years after visiting the first time, on a mission to protect the oceans with Mission Blue and Fusion Networks... She tells us what she saw. Bottom line: Cocos Island and so many places like it need our help...
Written By: Julie Andersen
Nearly a decade ago, I journeyed to Cocos Island, Costa Rica to experience first-hand the incredible schools of scalloped hammerhead sharks it is famous for. As a shark lover and passionate scuba diver, I couldn’t imagine a more amazing place. What I experienced instead was the impact of illegal shark fishing – from dwindling numbers of animals in a protected reserve – to the blatant fishing that occurred at night around the island, the under-resourced park rangers unable to stop the ruthless onslaught. Dozens of fishing lights at night blinking on the horizon and huge bags full of seized long lines filling warehouses in the ranger station haunted my memories.