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The under water fauna of the Coco Island Costa Rica
Margot Millier
Margot Millier Section editor

Discover The under water fauna of the Coco Island

If you have a bit of time, take a trip to Cocos Island, 250 miles away from the Pacific coast, a green island with rocky mountains and plenty of waterfalls. It is a real sea reserve, populated by 510 species of mollusc and some 300 species of fish. Considered one of the most untouched islands outside the Arctic, it is reputed to hold a life-sized Virgin Mary carved of pure gold which has never been found, but lies waiting somewhere in the heart of the island.

The under water fauna of the Coco Island

Cocos Island National Park

Cocos Island was declared a National Park in 1978 and hunting and fishing have been forbidden in it since then. Only foresters are authorised to live on the island.

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A unique ecosystem

There are more than 300 species of marine fauna in the waters of Cocos Island, including sea turtles, dolphins, coral and tropical fish.

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Paradise for scuba diving

Cocos Island was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. It is necessary to be certified to be able to go scuba diving.

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Treasure Island

At least three different pirate treasures were buried on the island between 1684 and 1821. In fact, it was the inspiration behind Robert Louis Stevenson's 'Treasure Island'.

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The emerald of the Pacific

Tourists come from all over the world to admire the unspoilt beauty and extraordinary marine fauna of Cocos Island.

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