Even in Playa Grande -- the last mass nesting beach in the Eastern Pacific for critically endangered leatherbacks -- menus largely feature seafood caught by longlines and trawling nets, fishing practices that have devastating impacts on sea turtles.
When aerial surveys of the West Indian manatee began in 1991, officials counted 1,267 of them in Florida. Now there are more than 6,300 in Florida alone, and the entire population is estimated at 13,000 manatees in its range which includes the Caribbean and the northern coasts of Colombia, Venezuela and Brazil.
Biologists saw humpback whales that usually migrate from Antarctica to the equator to calve are now also continuing north beyond the equator, as far as Costa Rica -- a behavior never seen before. The increasingly long journeys, a result of climate change, are taking a toll on the animals' health, scientists say.