Fatal shark attack reported in Costa Rica

A fatal shark attack has been reported in Costa Rica. The attack occurred November 30 after Rohina Bhandari and her dive master identified by his last name Jimenez departed their dive vessel to enjoy the waters of a spot known as Manuelita off the remote island of Isla del Coco, about 300 miles off the Costa Rican mainland. As the two ascended, sometime before 2:30 p.m., to a dive safety stop, Jimenez spotted what he believed to be a female tiger shark approaching and attempted to scare it away. When…

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Costa Rica’s Shark Debate Rages On

“Costa Rica President Luis Guillermo Solís stood Wednesday morning before a room full of the world’s biggest shark admirers and admitted that some might consider him the animal’s biggest adversary. Weeks earlier Solís had been named “Shark Enemy of the Year” by an international conservation group, and now his country was hosting a convention designed to promote the international conservation of threatened shark species.” Read the full story at http://www.ticotimes.net/2016/02/19/costa-rica-shark-protections

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Bull Shark Conservation

Misión Tiburón, a nonprofit conservation group, shared a short documentary on the conservation of bull sharks in Costa Rica.The group catches juvenile sharks in the Sirena River, which is believed to be a birthing area, where they attach fin tags and a sonar tracker. After releasing the sharks back into the water, they can track the shark with underwater buoys that records information when a shark nears the vicinity. In addition the group also uses spearguns to “shoot” a tag into the dorsal fins of adult bull sharks. The goal…

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