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12% of marine species in tropical eastern Pacific threatened

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Twelve percent of marine species surveyed in the Gulf of California, the coasts of Panama and Costa Rica and the five offshore oceanic islands and archipelagos in the tropical eastern Pacific are threatened with extinction, according to a study by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) and its partners.

Central America and Dominican Republic Outlaw Shark Finning

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January 2012: The eight member countries of the Central American Integration System (SICA) have adopted a common binding regulation outlawing shark finning.

Researchers used Facebook to identify 5,000 species of fish in 24 hrs

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What do you do when you have collected more than 5,000 specimens and then have to identify them?

Riviera Maya

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The Yucatan Peninsula is located in the south of the contiguous Mexican states. The ground here is heated by the tropical sun—35°C makes for a hot and impassable jungle. The bogs—littered with iguanas, snakes and crocodiles—are drying up. A rare trop-ical storm suddenly and unexpectedly flies up from the Caribbean Sea. Black clouds, peals of thunder, bright lighting, squalls of wind and rain last no more than 15–20 minutes and again the damp stuffy mind-melting weight of the stifling heat returns. It is not the best place to dwell for the white man. But this land saw an era over 1000 years ago, when it was occupied by a surprisingly small-in-stature, dark-skinned people—the Maya.
15 - Feb 2007 | Riviera Maya

Megalodon Nursery Found

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The breeding ground of the world's largest, prehistoric predator has been discovered in Panama.

Nicaraguan lobster divers risk lives for `red gold'

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Nicaragua is one of the last places where commercial lobster diving is allowed despite tragic results.

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