Our scientists have established that several species move between Galapagos and Cocos. Based on some of their tracks, and on the time taken for these movements, it appears that they move along a fixed feature on the seabed – the Cocos Ridge – an underwater chain of seamounts that links the two marine reserves.
All the waters between the two reserves lie in the jurisdiction of either Ecuador or Costa Rica. Over the coming months we will be working with the governments of both countries to explore the creation of a bilateral “swim way” to provide protection for threatened marine migratory species as they move along this area.
For more detailed information, download our Galapagos-Cocos Swimway Fact Sheet