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Eastern Pacific Seascape

The Eastern Pacific Seascape spans Central and South America, covering a total of two million square kilometers. This Hope Spot encompasses a number of the world's most important natural habitats, including the coasts of Colombia, Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador and the Galapagos Archipelago, where Charles Darwin carried out his groundbreaking research. Schooling hammerhead sharks call this region home, and migrating leatherback and Olive Ridley sea turtles utilize nearby beaches for nesting. The marine life in this area experiences threats from unsustainable tourism, overfishing and shipping traffic, but action has been taken! More than a dozen Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) have been established throughout the area, with several nonprofits working to combine international efforts to protect these waters and the threatened species that inhabit them.

Protected Species

Hammerhead Sharks Leatherback Sea Turtles Olive Ridley turtles
Eastern Pacific Seascape
\"The photographs seen on this page were obtained by the Mission Blue Expeditions team. They have visited Hope Spots around the world, documenting these vibrant marine environments and engaging local stakeholders to protect them. Led by Dr. Sylvia Earle and Expeditions Director Kip Evans, these voyages explore our most critical ocean habitats and are designed to create awareness, foster partnerships and build broad public support for the creation of marine protected areas across the globe.\"

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