Island has put buoys, lines and nets confiscated from criminal shark poachers to good use – and made a BRIDGE out of them
- The bridge, called the Genius River Bridge, is on Cocos Island in Costa Rica
- The entire island is a national park and surrounded by wildlife-rich waters
- Poachers involved in the gruesome practice of ‘shark finning’ visit the island
The Genius River Bridge, which has been built on Cocos Island in Costa Rica from buoys and netting confiscated from shark poachers
As recycling projects go, this one is particularly eye-catching – and ingenious.
A Costa Rican island has created a bridge from nets, lines and buoys confiscated from criminal shark poachers.
The bridge, called the Genius River Bridge, is located on Cocos Island, which is almost 350 miles south of the Costa Rican mainland.
The entire uninhabited island is a Costa Rican National Park and is surrounded by deep waters and huge, thriving coral reefs that lure schools of fish.
These attract multiple species of sharks and, in turn, poachers involved in the gruesome practice of ‘shark finning’.
This sees the fin of a shark sliced off and the animal thrown back into the sea – still alive.
Without the use of their fins, sharks are unable to swim properly and end up dying of suffocation or blood loss.
Their fins, meanwhile, are sold on the black market and used in soups and medicine.
The poachers around Cocos Island don’t always get their way, though.
Rangers patrol the waters and have confiscated a lot of gear over the years.
Genius River Bridge is testament to that.
Rope and netting have been used as rigging for Genius River Bridge and buoys and floats bolster the sides
It was created by an artist named Pancho and spans a small waterway.
Rope and netting have been used as rigging and buoys and floats bolster the sides.
According to the conservation organisation Wildaid, fins from up to 73million sharks are used in shark fin soup each year.
Cocos Island, pictured, is a Costa Rican National Park that lies nearly 350 miles from the mainland