Menacing MorayWe ran across this jewel moray eel while diving the reefs around Caño Island. Because the island is a protected biological reserve and there's no fishing allowed in the area, the waters off Caño are absolutely teeming with marine life. There are around 15 different species of coral that cover the volcanic reefs, pinnacles and walls found just offshore. And you'll commonly find hordes of fish, eels, shark, and rays, along with spinner dolphins and even humpback whales congregating during the late summer months. For this reason, along with Cocos Island to the north, Caño Island is one of the most spectacular dive spot in all of Costa Rica.
The Story Behind the Images
Sport Diver Editor Eric Michael traveled to Costa Rica looking to experience one of the country's most feral regions — the Osa Peninsula. Based at the Aguila de Osa Inn in the remote village of Drake Bay, Eric and his team explored the surrounding jungles of the Corcovado National Park, along with diving the teeming depths off nearby Caño Island. The vast abundance, intensity and diversity of the wildlife they discovered — both above and below the surface — was astonishing. In the above photo gallery, Eric shares some behind-the-scenes stories about the trip's top photos.
For furthur information on the Aguila de Osa Inn, visit www.aguiladeosa.com
To book dive trips in the Osa region, visit Adventure Dive Tours and Travel at www.diveguide.com/p1731.htm