We are celebrating the establishment of a new large marine protected area in the Pacific waters of Costa Rica, protecting the waters and seamounts around Shark Island. The marine protected area is larger than Yellowstone National Park and provides critical habitat to hammerhead sharks and leatherback sea turtles.
It's one of the first marine protected areas to specifically protect sea mounts. Seamounts are like underwater mountains, and are islands of biodiversity in what is otherwise a biological desert of the open ocean. Currents around seamounts bring nutrient rich waters up from the deep ocean and support vibrant communities of sea life.