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
LocationIsla del Caño
Costa Rica
Coordinates8°42′22.1″N 83°53′23.1″W / 8.706139°N 83.889750°W / 8.706139; -83.889750
Year first constructed1940 (first)
Constructionsteel skeletal tower
Tower shapesquare pyramidal skeletal tower
Markings / patternred lantern
Tower height22 metres (72 ft)
Focal height63 metres (207 ft)
Light sourcesolar power
Range12 nautical miles (22 km; 14 mi)
CharacteristicFl W 4s.
Admiralty numberG3306
NGA number15468
ARLHS numberCOS-003
Managing agentReserva 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 nudibranch Mexichromis tica was described from here and Darwin Island on the Galápagos Islands in 2004. 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