Entries by Ani Manz

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My Open Water at PDC

A month ago, I got certified PADI Open Water. It was an amazing experience that I never thought I would live. Indeed, before coming to do my internship in Panama Dive Center, I’ve always admired the people who dive and thus who have the opportunity to swim in the middle of the marine wildlife. But, […]

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An Anti-Cancer Compound from Coiba’s Marine Life

One major argument for the conservation of species is the importance of biodiversity in developing new medications for treating human disease.  Today, more than 50% of marketed drugs are extracted from natural sources or produced using natural products as the starting materials of synthesis.  Here in Coiba National Park, a tiny cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae […]

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Rainy Season Visitors – Part 2

Humpback whales are easily recognized because of their enormous size, their majestic whale songs and their stunning aerial acrobatics, often breaching the water despite their large bodies and landing with a tremendous splash. A fully grown humpback whale weighs more than 5 adult elephants and measures up to almost 20 meters in length, the size […]

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Rainy Season Visitors – Part 1

This time of the year is particular in Santa Catalina.  We have special visitors who, like every year, visit Coiba during the months of July-September to delights us with their majestic and beautiful presence. These friends of ours, with whom we share the wonders of Coiba for a few months, are the humpback whales. People […]

Hammerheads, night dives and Jicarón

Mid April 2017 we took some days off to go on a long planned staff trip to Coiba National Park. Two days of incredible diving at spots that are too far to reach on daytrips and one night on Coiba Island with delicious food, lots of beer, wine and good company were a well-deserved end […]