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Featuring images from the Marine Photobank, these Photo of the Week stories highlight ocean issues as well as the ability of visual media to promote ocean conservation. Would you like see one of your images as a Photo of the Week? Please become a contributing member of the Marine Photobank and let your photos work on behalf of the ocean.

End of the Line

Todd Steiner/Marine Photobank
Todd Steiner/Marine Photobank

This bridge made of derelict and confiscated long line fishing gear can be found on Cocos Island National Park, Costa Rica, crossing one of several perennial streams located on the approximately tk-square-mile island (23-square kilometer) island that is fed by more than tk feet (seven meters) of annual rainfall. The island is located in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean, approximately tk miles (550 kilometers) from the Pacific shore of Costa Rica and tk miles (630 kilometers) northeast of Galápagos Islands, Ecuador. It was designated a United Nations World Heritage Site in 1997. The Park includes a tk miles (22 kilomenters) no-fishing marine protected area, but derelict gear can still be found throughout the marine waters of the park.

The photographer, WHOTK, was a co-principal investigator of a research expedition to Cocos Island to tag hammerhead sharks and capture sea turtles using scuba. The expedition was part of a long-term research program called WHATTK that uses experienced divers as volunteer research assistants, such as this woman crossing the bridge.