Monday, September 21, 2020

Tiger Shark Kills U.S. Diver Off Costa Rican Island


A tiger shark recently killed a U.S. tourist off Costa Rica’s Cocos Island in the Pacific Ocean, the first-ever recorded incident for the national park.

According to news reports, the diver was a 49-year-old woman who was attacked by a female tiger shark, which also injured her male Costa Rican dive guide. The divers were surfacing when the attack took place.

Cocos Island lies about 500 kilometers/300 miles off the Costa Rican coast, and is known to be a habitat for many shark species.

The Costa Rican Environment Ministry emphasized last week’s encounter was an “isolated incident.”

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.


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