What Lies Beneath in Cocos Island


For obvious reasons here at One World One Ocean, when tasked with describing something – a place, an incident, you name it – we often find ourselves referencing a film to bring it to life.

When we finally were able to connect with Shaun MacGillivray via satellite phone as he rocked and rolled aboard the Argo off the coast of Coast Rica on Wednesday, he was right on point with his film analogy when we asked him to describe Cocos Island National Park.

“Cocos Island looks and feels like Jurassic Park,” said (yelled) Shaun as the wind howled in the background.

In fact, Shaun is spot on, as Cocos Island served as inspiration for the setting of Michael Crichton’s book, Jurassic Park, which of course, was later made into a blockbuster motion picture.

In our few satellite phone calls with the OWOO crew, it’s clear that it’s been an exciting past few days down in Cocos, with the team undertaking numerous dives in the DeepSee submersible. Not only has the sub provided the crew with an up-close-and-personal look at the amazing biodiversity that defines Cocos Island – like hammerhead sharks, rays and grouper – but Tuesday’s dive also marked the first time an IMAX camera has ever made a dive in this incredible ocean vehicle.

With our fearless leader Greg MacGillivray, partner scientist Dr. Richard Pyle and fellow filmmaker Howard Hall all completing successful dives, we have visions of hammerhead sharks dancing in our heads as we await their amazing footage.

Luckily, the team was able to provide us with a sneak peek in the form of some amazing photos they emailed us from the boat.

After looking at these gorgeous photo of sharks, it’s beyond our comprehension why anyone would ever want to mess with these incredible creatures.

 

Luckily for these sharks, they enjoy a safer existence than that of their counterparts in other parts of the ocean given Cocos Island’s status as an official marine protected area (MPA). Yet another reminder why MPAs are so critical, as they help safeguard the many ocean creatures we know and love.

Stay tuned for more incredible content from OWOO’s expedition to Cocos Island as our team continues to explore what lies beneath…

 

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