Isla del Caño

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Isla del Caño Lighthouse
View from Isla del Cano.jpg
Isla del Caño is located in Costa Rica
Isla del Caño
Costa Rica
Location Isla del Caño
Costa Rica
Coordinates 8°42′22.1″N 83°53′23.1″W / 8.706139°N 83.889750°W / 8.706139; -83.889750
Year first constructed 1940 (first)
Construction steel skeletal tower
Tower shape square pyramidal skeletal tower
Markings / pattern red lantern
Height 22 metres (72 ft)
Focal height 63 metres (207 ft)
Light source solar power
Range 12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 mi)
Characteristic Fl W 4s.
Admiralty number G3306
NGA number 15468
ARLHS number COS-003
Managing agent Reserva Biológica Isla del Caño[1][2]

Isla del Caño is a small island in the Bahia de Corcovado (Corcovado Bay) in Osa Costa Rica. It is on the Pacific Ocean side of Costa Rica, 10 miles (16 km) west of Punta Llorona on Península de Osa. It rises steeply to a flat top of 123 metres (404 ft) in height.

Caño Island National Park has been established as a protected national park as a part of the Osa Conservation Area, with a permanent ranger station on the island. It is a popular tourist destination for ecotourism such as whale watching, attracting visitors for its beaches, coral beds, and sea life. Researchers currently use the coral beds to study the factors surrounding coral death and recolonization. Marine life includes manta rays, dolphins, false killer whales,[3] sea turtles, whales, a wide variety of fish, and possibly manatees as well. The limited diversity of terrestrial fauna, however, is noticeable, with the island having less than one percent of the insect diversity of the peninsula and an absence of numerous animals native to the nearby mainland. Evidence of pre-Columbian human activity on the island is substantial, with some of the most interesting artifacts being stone spheres evidently carved by early civilizations.

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  1. ^ Costa Rica Pacific Coast The Lighthouse Directory. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 7 September 2016
  2. ^ List of Lights, Buoys and Fog Signals Pacific Coast. Retrieved 7 September 2016
  3. ^ ANNIE. 2012. False Killer Whales. Costa Rica Retrieved on August 25, 2017

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Coordinates: 8°42′20.75″N 83°52′43.12″W / 8.7057639°N 83.8786444°W / 8.7057639; -83.8786444