Entries by Ani Manz

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Our plastic ocean

Rubbish is a big problem here in Santa Catalina. Sadly it is certainly not an exception in Central America, or anywhere else for that matter. Walking down the stunning Santa Catalina coastline you can’t help but notice all the old discarded ‘stuff’ littering the way. Naturally as our home we want to keep the beaches […]

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This year‘s Whaleshark encounters

With the beginning of the rainy season not only the summer in Panama but also one of the most beautiful seasons for diving in Coiba comes to an end: The whale shark season. This year, from january until the end of march, we were very lucky to experience many incredible encounters with these enormous and […]

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Octopuses: The Masters of Camouflage

In Coiba National Park, we are sometimes lucky enough to observe the incredible octopus, charismatic creatures known for their intelligence and their mastery of camouflage.  If you haven’t seen it yet, this popular video from a TED talk is one you can’t miss that shows how phenomenal the octopus’s ability to blend in with its […]

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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 […]