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I am the Swimway

In the heart of the Eastern Tropical Pacific Seascape, between Costa Rica’s Cocos Island and Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands, there is a swimway. An abundance of marine species, some critically endangered, rely on this underwater “superhighway” as a migratory corridor, but once they leave the protected waters of Cocos and the Galápagos, they become vulnerable to industrial fishing exploitation. The Sharkwater, a former fishing vessel, was one of such offenders, but has now been repurposed for conservation. This is the story of how 21 multinational researchers and crew members utilized this ship for 20 days to give, instead of take, from the Cocos-Galápagos Swimway. The science they gathered along the way might just be the tipping point to finally get this essential part of our blue planet fully protected.

*This video contains graphic images of shark tagging. When done correctly, tagging is completely safe and allows scientists to learn more about the shark’s migratory movements, which can then be used to help secure their protection.

Film by Roy Prendas & Only One

Read the personal essay by biologist and wildlife photographer Mica Stacey to dive deeper into the Cocos-Galápagos Swimway Expedition

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