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Sandra Larriva

Entries by Sandra Larriva

Mexican Fishermen Saving Sharks

(0) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 2:52 PM

Killing sharks never appealed to Gabino Zarabia, who started fishing at the age of 12. But a few years ago, having witnessed two exceptionally profitable seasons in his hometown, the Mexican fishing port of San Carlos in Baja California Sur, the 39-year-old commercial fisherman decided to give the shark business...

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PHOTOS: Blue Whale Encounters in the Sea of Cortez

(2) Comments | Posted March 23, 2013 | 11:54 AM

Seeing a blue whale is an overwhelming experience, whether it's your first, tenth or twentieth time. At first, your eyes wander near and far in an attempt to take in the enormity of the creature. Then, a voice in your head screams, having realized that you're in the presence of...

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The Uphill Road to Protecting Mexico's Bull Sharks

(22) Comments | Posted March 15, 2013 | 7:08 PM

Every year, from November to March, dozens of bull sharks approach Mexico's Mayan Riviera to make its temperate and turquoise waters their home. The males linger near Cancun. The females, most of which are pregnant, opt for Playa del Carmen, a bustling tourist hub an hour south of Cancun.


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Meet Cocos Island's Newest, Mightiest Predator (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted November 1, 2012 | 8:00 AM

There are few places left where you can predictably encounter tiger sharks without luring them in with bait, and to the surprise of many, Costa Rica's Cocos Island is now one of them.

Cocos, a national park 340 miles off the Central American nation's Pacific coast, is...

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Diving Cozumel's Least Visited, Most Exhilarating Sites (PHOTOS)

(9) Comments | Posted October 5, 2012 | 8:00 AM

The best way to go down the Devil's Throat is to plunge in head first. You may hesitate at first because you are essentially falling into a deep, dark, narrow hole, but soon you realize that you can't afford to panic and the only option left is to enjoy the...

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Swimming With Sharks In Cocos Island (PHOTOS)

(23) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 1:00 PM

Some people's greatest fear is to find themselves in the water with a shark. Others travel for days to put themselves in that situation. Such was the case for the 19 eager divers, including myself, who flew to Costa Rica from all over the globe in order to ride for...

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