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Mexican NGO and Scientific Community Partner to Preserve Endangered Whale Sharks

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October 8, 2013
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Whale Shark & Manta Rays off Isla Mujeres, Mexico (scubadude06)

Mexican NGO “Ch’ooj Ajauil AC” (Blue Realm), American NGO Seacology and the scientific community, such as Mote Marine Laboratory and Georgia Aquarium, have joined forces to reduce the risk of large vessels traveling through the Whale Shark Migration path and colliding with marine wildlife and Eco tourism boats off beautiful Isla Mujeres, Mexico. These vessels are not only endangering lives of tourists visiting the area but also the whale shark, the world’s largest fish. All parties are working together to propose shifting ship traffic lanes to reduce the risk of collisions.

High vessel traffic involving oil tankers and cruisers have been documented traveling through the whale shark aggregation area as well as where manta rays, five different dolphin species, sailfish and sea turtles among other species live. There are very significant implications for the whole marine ecosystem in this zone, considering that from May through mid-September, thousands of tourists come for a chance to participate in an ecotourism adventure, by swimming along side and getting close to the largest fish in the ocean and threatened species, the whale shark.

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