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Coiba’s little ones – Part 2

Spotted sharpnose puffer Adorning its dark-brown body are countless white dots, which grow to become more numerous in the adults. In fact, the scientific name (Canthigaster punctatissiam) quite literally translates as meaning covered in small spots. They tend to spend much of their day gingerly swimming around, ducking in and out of caves and crevices […]

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Coiba’s little ones – Part 1

Tufted tube blenny You can spot this little friend at the rocks where it will look out of the mollusk and worm tubes which they inhabit. You will nearly never see one of them outside so it’s hard to imagine that they actually have a quite elongate body with up to 8 cm. They just […]

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For a trashless ocean

Plastic PLASTIC. Plastic. PlAsTiC. PLASTIC. There are lots of stories about plastic going around in the news all the time nowadays, saying how there are mountains of plastic floating around in the ocean. But it’s hard to envision your disposable toothbrush or your food wrappers actually making it to the ocean, right?   Here in […]

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My time in Coiba

Now that my time here as an intern is coming to a close I am reflecting on my experiences and the memories that I will take away. Before coming to Santa Catalina I did not have much diving experience, having dived only to Open Water level in Malaysia. I thought it would be cool to […]

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Beach Clean – With A Little Help From Our Friends

For our regular beach cleans we usually focus on the town beach as it is easily accessible from the shop – and is always in plenty of need! However, having noticed excessive and increasing quantities of plastic and waste on Estero beach (the main surfing beach in Santa Catalina), last weekend we decided to organize […]

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Sea turtles – our fabled friends

Sea turtles are probably one of the most well-known and beloved creatures of our vast oceans. Whilst they do breathe air, they can stay under water for around 40 minutes – or even up to several hours while they are asleep. As Reptiles, Turtles lay eggs. The females usually return to the beach where they […]

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Underwater fairytale

Sometimes, really just sometimes, you get one of those days in Coiba that are like dreams coming true. Last week one of our groups had such a day. The weather was beautiful, which is unusual this time of the year, and the boat ride out to the national park was already stunning. The first dive […]

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Manta Rays – Giants of the Sea

Here in Coiba we just can not get enough of rays hanging out with us on our dives with their movements so elegant it often seems like they are flying through water. Lately we have been particularly lucky and seen Mantas on most of our dives – sometimes just for a brief moment but more […]

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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 […]