Mexico’s Revillagigedo reserve safeguards fish, sharks, rays, whales, and other life
The manta ray, shown here, is one of at least 37 species of sharks and rays that have been documented in the archipelago.© Pelagic Life
For the health of the ocean and all who depend on it, this is big news: Last week, Mexico became the latest nation to create a large, fully protected marine reserve. The Revillagigedo Archipelago National Park, the country’s largest marine protected area, is larger than the state of New York and protects 57,176 square miles (148,087 square kilometers) from fishing and other extractive activities.
The Revillagigedo Islands and their system of seamounts are a critical waypoint for large migratory species traversing the Pacific Ocean, including whales, dolphins, sea turtles, tunas, billfish and 37 types of shark and ray. The islands are also home to over 360 species of fish, 26 of which are found nowhere else on the planet. Take a dive beneath the surface with us and check out some of the natural treasures that are now safeguarded in Revillagigedo.
The Revillagigedo Archipelago is a critical waypoint for migratory species such as dolphins, whales, sharks, tunas, and sea turtles.© Pelagic Life
Humpback whales, which seek warmer waters for their calving grounds, make their winter home in Revillagigedo.© Pelagic Life
At least 366 species of fish, including 26 found nowhere else on the planet, call the Revillagigedo Archipelago home.© Pelagic Life
In May and June, large schools of silky, Galapagos, and silver tip sharks frequent Revillagigedo’s warm waters.© Pelagic Life
Waters around Pacific island group now make up Mexico’s largest fully protected marine reserve