Shark and Ray Trip Report: Costa Rica September 2021
In September 2021 I spent a week diving in the Playa del Coco, on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. An area with easy access to a group of nearby islands called Islas Catalinas. I was also able to visit the Bat Islands; a great spot to get up close with bull sharks without the need for bait.
All told, I encountered seven species of sharks and rays:
- Bull Sharks
- Whitetip Reef Sharks
- Eastern Pacific Spotted Eagle Rays
- Longtail Stingrays
- Gorgona Guitarfish
- Giant Electric Rays
- Leopard Round Stingrays
One seen on three separate dives south of Playa del Coco.
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One or two seen on most dives at Islas Catalinas
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LEOPARD ROUND STINGRAYS
Between two and ten on every dive except at the Bat Islands.
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GIANT ELECTRIC RAYS (AKA CORTEZ ELECTRIC RAYS)
One at a site south of Playa del Coco.
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PACIFIC SPOTTED EAGLE RAYS
Six at a pinnacle close to the Bat Islands.
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About a dozen on each dive at ‘Big Scare’ dive site at the Bat Islands.
WHITETIP REEF SHARKS
A handful on most dives we did at Islas Catalinas.