Graphic Story: The Adventures of Coco the Whale Shark

The Adventures of Coco the Whale Shark | Graphic Story

by Mongabay Latam on 3 November 2020

Scientists from the Galapagos Whale Shark project, from the Science Center of the University of San Francisco in Quito, installed a GPS on the dorsal fin of a female Galapagos whale shark to find out what is the migratory route of these mysterious animals of which very little it’s known.

What did they find?

Mongabay Latam explains to you, in this graphic story, what the findings of that investigation were and why the animal was named Coco.

Here you can read the full story about Coco’s adventures (or in Spanish here).

This graphic story has been created by the Kipu Visual illustrators team for Mongabay Latam.

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La Ruta de Coco

Coco es un tiburón ballena hembra. Mide 12 metros y tiene 50 años aunque puede llegar a vivir unos 100. “Estoy en la flor de la vida bb”

Su familia es una población de tiburones ballena única en el mundo. El 99% son hembras adultas.

Viven en la Isla Darwin, en Galapagos.

Cada año, la familia de Coco abandona la Isla de Darwin. “¿A dónde se van?” Científicos instalaron en la aleta dorsal de Coco un GPS para saberlo.

Los científicos quedaron impresionados cuando vieron al animal ingresar al parque nacional Isla Coco en Costa Rica. Por primera vez, se logró rastrear a un tiburón ballena pasando de Galápagos a Coco.

El hallazgo es una prueba importante para demostrar la conectividad entre estas dos áreas marinas y proteger el corredor migratorio que las une. Ruta de numerosas especies en peligro de extinción.

The route of Coco

Coco is a female whale shark. She is 12 meters tall and 50 years old, although she can live about 100. “I’m in the prime of my life, baby.”

Her family is a population of whale sharks unique in the world. 99% are adult females.

They live on Darwin Island, in the Galapagos.

Every year, Coco’s family leaves Darwin Island. “Where are they going?” Scientists installed a GPS on Coco’s dorsal fin to find out.

Scientists were impressed when they saw the animal enter the Isla Coco National Park in Costa Rica. For the first time, a whale shark was tracked from the Galapagos to Coco.

The finding is an important test to demonstrate the connectivity between these two marine areas and to protect the migratory corridor that unites them. Route of numerous species in danger of extinction.

Informing and sharing news on marine life, flora, fauna and conservation in the Galápagos Islands since 2017
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