TROU­BLED WATERS

Scuba Diving - - CONTENTS - TEXT BY JAMIE WATTS PHO­TOS BY DAMIEN MAURIC

Co­cos, Malpelo and the Gala­pa­gos are famed for draw­ing scores of ham­mer­heads and large pelag­ics. But these an­i­mals are more vul­ner­a­ble than ever to long-line fish­er­men stalk­ing the high­ways in be­tween.

CO­COS, MALPELO AND THE GALA­PA­GOS FORM THE THREE PRO­TECTED POINTS OF THE EAST­ERN PA­CIFIC’S FAMED GOLDEN TRI­AN­GLE, THE PIN­NA­CLE OF BIG- AN­I­MAL DIV­ING. TO­DAY THE MOST MAG­NIF­I­CENT AN­I­MALS IN THE SEA ARE THREAT­ENED BY LONG- LINE FISH­ERS WHO STALK THE UN­DER­SEA HIGH­WAYS THEY DE­PEND ON. SCI­EN­TISTS IN THE RE­GION ARE SOUND­ING THE ALARM, AND DED­I­CAT­ING THEIR LIVES TO FORE­STALLING DIS­AS­TER FOR THESE ECOSYS­TEMS.

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