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First Dives in Coiba

This morning the divers explored the shallower parts of the marine park, we found white tip reef sharks, moray eels, several varieties of reef fish, puffers, triggerfish, parrot fish, moorish idols, hawkfish, blennies and many more. We also spotted several lobsters which Sylvia noted was a good sign of less human pressure. But the star...

This morning the divers explored the shallower parts of the marine park, we found white tip reef sharks, moray eels, several varieties of reef fish, puffers, triggerfish, parrot fish, moorish idols, hawkfish, blennies and many more. We also spotted several lobsters which Sylvia noted was a good sign of less human pressure. But the star of the dive was a yellow frogfish, one of the most bizarre creatures in the ocean! In the afternoon we tried to find whale sharks in an area Hector and Kevyn have been tagging them, Isla Canal de Afuera, but they were a no show so we spent the last hour of light combing the rocks and corals for creatures to photograph, climbing back into the boat just after sunset and enjoyed a beautiful ride in the tender back to Ethereal sharing stories and photos of what we saw.

An evening on an expedition these days is usually spent in the lounge with people around thier computers editing photos, and writing blogs, Bill calls it “the modern campfire”. Wrenching us away from them can be difficult and dinners got to be really late, but eventually we all gathered outside around a table under the moonlight for a magnificent dinner and a rich exchange of ideas.

 

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Shari Sant Plummer
Environmental philanthropist and ocean activist Shari Sant Plummer is President of Code Blue Charitable Foundation, Secretary/Trustee of the Summit Charitable Foundation, Board member of the Sylvia Earle Alliance, Vice President/Trustee of Seacology, Board Member of International League of Conservation Photographers, member of the Blue Ocean Film Festival Advisory Council, and member of the World Wildlife Fund’s National Council and Marine Leadership Committee. A graduate of NYU and former Design Director at Ralph Lauren in NY, Shari is now an avid diver and ocean activist, traveling extensively throughout the world and promoting ocean conservation and environmental awareness.