Costa Rica

In 2007, I traveled backwards in time. As I dove below the surface of the water at Cocos Island, two giant and curious sea turtles gracefully greeted me.  By the time I reached 30 meters below the surface, I found myself surrounded by hundreds of hammerhead sharks, another ancient species whose ancestors outlived the dinosaurs. …

Shark Week 2018, Wildlife

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This article is brought to you by the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). Read our other articles on the National Geographic Voices blog featuring the work of our iLCP Fellow Photographers all around the world. Photographs by iLCP Fellow Sebastian Kennerknecht/Panthera Text by Betsy Painter Along the borders of Tortuguero beach in Costa Rica, sturdy tree trunks guard the…

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Every week, embark with host Boyd Matson on an exploration of the latest discoveries and interviews with some of the most fascinating people on the planet, on National Geographic Weekend. Please check listings near you to find the best way to listen to National Geographic Weekend on radio, or listen below! Hour 1 – Professional big wave surfer Greg Long wiped out while…

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This post is the first of Kike Calvo’s visual diary as a National Geographic Expert on the Lindblad Costa Rica-Panama Expedition aboard the National Geographic Sea Lion. As we advance through a non-paved road uphill, the Costa Rican landscape starts to paint my pupils—we are heading to Monteverde. Before boarding the National Geographic Sea Lion, we will…

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By Karl Gruber Strawberry poison frogs (Oophaga pumilio) of Costa Rica give their newborn tadpoles a built-in weapon against predators: alkaloids. Various animals and plants use alkaloids—naturally occurring, bitter-tasting chemical compounds—as a first line of defense. For instance, adult strawberry poison frogs get the chemicals from their diets of ants and mites, “which essentially makes the…

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By Brad Nahill, SEE Turtles On Friday, May 31st, while returning from a long night walking a turtle nesting beach near the city of Limón, young Costa Rican conservationist Jairo Mora Sandoval was abducted by unknown assailants, beaten, and murdered. The beach where Mora Sandoval worked is a hot spot for nesting by the critically…

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By Brad Nahill, SEE Turtles On Friday, May 31st, while returning from a long night walking a turtle nesting beach near the city of Limón, young Costa Rican conservationist Jairo Mora Sandoval was abducted by unknown assailants, beaten, and murdered. The beach where Mora Sandoval worked is a hot spot for nesting by the critically…

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