Study: C.R. Waters Teeming with Life
Costa Rica’s coastline may be smaller and less populous compared with other Latin American countries, but in its oceans, the story is otherwise.
According to a press release from the Casa Presidencial, Costa Rica’s coastal waters are home to 6,777 different species of marine life, which represents 3.5 percent of the world’s known marine species.
These numbers are the result of a study by noted University of Costa Rica (UCR) researcher Jorge Cortés and German expert Ingo Wehrtmann, who consulted more than 50 marine specialists and published the findings in the recently published book, “Marine Biodiversity of Costa Rica, Central America.”
At a press conference on Tuesday, Cortés said an important part of the research was the comparison of Costa Rica’s coastline with other Latin American countries.
“The diversity of this country is much higher per square kilometer than other nations, such as Brazil, Colombia and Chile,” Cortés noted in a press release. All three of these countries far surpass Costa Rica’s 1,290 kilometer (801 mile) coastal boundary.
While the study spells good news for Costa Rica’s reputation as the world’s focal point for biodiversity, Randall Arauz, president of the Marine Turtle and Restoration Program (PRETOMA), said the announcement throws a load of accountability onto the country’s shoulders.
“It just shows again the (degree of) responsibility that Cost Rica has to assume,” he said. “Political decisions should be oriented towards saving this biodiversity.”
You may be interested
Golfo Dulce: The Sweet Gulf of Costa RicaTodd Staley - July 31, 2021
The Golfo Dulce, in the southern zone of Costa Rica, is one of a handful of tropical fjords in the…
A Guide To Costa Rica’s Gandoca-Manzanillo National RefugeSarah Jordan - July 31, 2021
Visiting Costa Rica's Caribbean coast will leave you speechless in wonder and amazement that a place so stunning truly exists.…
US flies deported migrant families back to Central AmericaAFP - July 30, 2021
US authorities began on Friday deporting some migrant families on flights to Central America as part of an expedited system…