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Deep Blue Conservancy

Puerto Vallarta • Riviera Nayarit 

Deep Blue Conservancy is a multinational nonprofit dedicated to the preservation of marine life and ecosystems impacted by human activity.

We focus on using education, scientific research and technology to protect and preserve our oceanic heritage for future generations.

We formed Deep Blue Conservancy as a US 502(c)3 corporation so that we are able to apply for corporate grant opportunities from our guests and other like-minded individuals.

These tax-deductible grants and individual contributions allow us to continue our research, the results of which are ultimately transformed into educational programs and marine and coastal conservation efforts.

We work in association with Ocean Friendly Tours in presenting responsible whale watching adventures.

Click the button above to make a donation to the Deep Blue Conservancy PayPal account.

Oscar Frey from Ocean Friendly Tours, Deep Blue Conservancy and The Puerto Vallarta Whale Watching Forum believe in responsible tourism and are dedicated to responsible whale watching and the protection and preservation of the Humpback whales and giving back to our community.

"Respectful" is a keyword when it comes to describing Ocean Friendly Tours whale watching excursions. Led by a marine scientist & his specialized, bilingual crew, discover the marvels of the whale world on board the customized fiberglass boats.

You will be able to listen to the whale's tonal singing with their hydrophone and speaker system. Your day on board will bring lifelong memories.

Last updated: July 24, 2019 · Charity ID: 210

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Our Beautiful Humpback Whales are Back in Puerto Vallarta

Timothy Real Estate Group

Humpback Whales are back in Puerto Vallarta, gracing the Bay of Banderas with their amazing ballet in the ocean. There are many ways to schedule a boat ride out on the water and we recommend exploring the options before embarking on your adventure.

6th Sea Turtle Festival in Nayarit’s Marina Playa Platanitos

Riviera Nayarit Convention and Visitors Bureau

Playa Platanitos, a coastal village in the Riviera Nayarit, is preparing for its signature event: the VI Sea Turtle Festival 2018, which strives to promote environmental awareness and the conservation of these chelonians.

Movement to Eradicate Plastic Waste in Banderas Bay

Vallarta Daily News

Concerned about the large number of plastics that reach the oceans and the pollution generated in Puerto Vallarta, a councilman has requested the support of the deputies to present an initiative through which the idea of “a state free of straws, plastic bags, and styrofoam” can be achieved.

Sea Turtle Internship Position Available in San Pancho

The Science Exchange

Join an important multi-year multi-national research project on climate change impacts on nesting turtles on the beaches of Mexico this fall.

World Environment Day Highlights Deadly Cost of Plastic

Inter Press Service

On June 5th, World Environment Day will be hosted under the banner of “Beat Plastic Pollution,” aiming to raise awareness and civic engagement alongside creating a global movement to reduce the amount of plastic in the environment.

First Humpback Whale Sightings as They Return to Banderas Bay

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

Between 500 and 600 humpback whales will swim in the waters just across from the coastal villages of the Riviera Nayarit on their way to Banderas Bay.

Experience Humpback Whale Watching on Banderas Bay with Ocean Friendly Tours

Deep Blue Conservancy

We at Ocean Friendly Tours would like to invite all residents and tourists in Vallarta to join us on the #1 Whale Watching Tour in the World at some point over the Humpback whale season on Banderas Bay.

Whale Watching Season Extended in Banderas Bay

Deep Blue Conservancy

The extension of one week at the beginning of the season was finally granted for the 2015-2016 season and it will now run from December 1st through March 23rd annually.

Whale Watching Season in Banderas Bay Coming Soon to Vallarta-Nayarit

Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board

The annual migration of Humpback Whales from the cold waters of Alaska brings them down as far as the Banderas Bay where they will procreate and raise their young in our warm waters.

Greenpeace Ship Esperanza to Visit Puerto Vallarta with Guided Tours

Vallarta Opina

The Esperanza will be docked in the Maritime Terminal Facilities at Pier 3 and will be offering three days of guided tours to the public during their five day visit.

New Online Notary Service for U.S. Expats Worldwide

International Notary Online

This is definitely an exciting new service for American expatriate communities not only in Vallarta-Nayarit, but worldwide.

Free Boat Tours of the Vallarta Mangroves

Deep Blue Conservancy

The Estero del Salado (our local mangroves), here in Puerto Vallarta, will be celebrating a significant anniversary of their conservation efforts and work on July 31, 2015.

Ocean Friendly Tours Receives Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor

Ocean Friendly Tours

This Certificate of Excellence award celebrates excellence in guest services and the utmost dedication to providing the best possible customer service experiences.

Follow the Banderas Bay Humpback Whales for Research Tours in Monterey Bay

Deep Blue Conservancy

The first of our research tours will begin on May 16, 2015 and we look forward to welcoming you as part of the research team! It is because of your support as Citizen Scientists that we continue our conservation projects.

Happy Holidays and Whale Hugs from Ocean Friendly Tours Puerto Vallarta

Ocean Friendly Tours

We are into the first week of our whale watching season here in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. It is starting out to be an amazing season. Already, we have see three new births and the mating activity is beginning.

The Humpback Whales Are Back in Banderas Bay

Runway to Adventure

The conditions of the bay makes it a suitable location for the Humpback whales’ breeding and calving. Mothers are teaching their calves the ropes, getting them ready for the long migration back to Alaska…whew, 5000 miles!

Field Research Survey of Banderas Bay Humpback Whales in Monterey Bay, CA

Deep Blue Conservancy

It was a fascinating journey to one of the feeding grounds of the very same Humpback Whales that you've come to know off Puerto Vallarta over the many years you've shared with us.

Suggestions for Family Vacation with the Kids in Puerto Vallarta

Beck's Best

When Gary Beck was asked about suggested activities and vacation tips when traveling with a 5 year old to Puerto Vallarta, he lists some great alternatives for kids that the adults will also enjoy.

Banderas Bay Whales Field Research Survey in Monterey Bay - Join Them!

Deep Blue Conservancy

We would like to invite you as member of our Ocean Friendly family to join us on a fascinating journey to one of the feeding grounds of the very same Humpback whales that you've come to know off Puerto Vallarta over the many years you've shared with us.

Humpback Whale Watching Season in Vallarta-Nayarit

Friendly Rentals

All tours are bilingual and include a hydrophone so you can listen to the sounds of whale song aboard the boat. Whale watching in Puerto Vallarta is sure to be the highlight of your trip.

Ocean Friendly Tours Unveils Responsible Whale Watching Tour Collection

OceanFriendly Tours

Ocean Friendly Tours has designed a roster of new responsible whale watching and photography workshops tours for the upcoming whale watching season in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

The Whales Are On Their Way To Banderas Bay

CVB of Riviera Nayarit

Whale watching season officially starts again on December 3rd as hundreds of Humpback whales arrive around the coast of Riviera Nayarit and Puerto Vallarta in Banderas Bay.

Whale Watching Tours Support Charities

Deep Blue Conservancy

Ocean Friendly Tours & Deep Blue Conservancy announce their upcoming Charity Whale Watching Tours. Join them for respectful encounters with the Humpback whales to benefit Children with Cancer and the Los Mangos Library.

Abandoned Fishing Nets Are Being Recycled in Mexico

Recycling Today

World Animal Protection says it has joined forces with the International Committee for the Recovery of the Vaquita, Monterey Bay Diving and local fishermen in San Felipe, Mexico, to locate abandoned gillnets in vaquita porpoise habitat areas.

Breeding-Age Female Vaquita Porpoise Dies After Being Taken Into Captivity


This past weekend, however, it was announced that another vaquita — a breeding-age female — was taken into captivity and subsequently died.

Mexico Announces Capture of Rare Vaquita Porpoise

Agence France-Presse

Mexico said Saturday it had captured a rare vaquita marina porpoise - a female of reproductive age - as part of a last-ditch bid to save the critically endangered species.

Scientists Rescue Baja’s First Vaquita Porpoise, Making Conservation History


Scientists with the VaquitaCPR conservation project announced they succeeded in locating and rescuing a highly endangered vaquita porpoise this week, but in an abundance of caution the vaquita, which was a calf, was released.

Sea Turtles Are a Conservation Success Story - Mostly

Oceans Deeply

Many populations of endangered sea turtles are recovering, but some continue to drop. Sea turtle biologist Margaret Lamont talks about why differences in biology and ecology hinder some turtles from bouncing back and why the animals are so difficult to study.

A Desperate Push to Save Mexico’s Vaquita Porpoise

The San Diego Union-Tribune

A flotilla of small vessels set off into Mexico’s Upper Gulf of California before daybreak last Friday, launching a daring and desperate quest to prevent the extinction of a species.

Largest Marine Protected Area in North America Created Off Mexico’s Pacific Coast

National Geographic

The Mexican government has announced the creation of a new marine reserve in the Pacific Ocean last week, the largest protected area of its kind in North America.

Mexico Launches Roundup to Save Vaquita Porpoise

Center for Biological Diversity

Wildlife officials in Mexico next week will attempt to capture and protect some of the last vaquita on Earth in a desperate effort to save these small porpoises from extinction.

Dolphin Baby Boom Could Follow Recent Hurricanes


Hurricanes Irma and Maria tragically caused incredible damage throughout the Caribbean to both humans and property. But amid the horrors, there may be one tiny bright spot to come: more baby bottlenose dolphins.

The Fight to Save Mexico’s Vaquitas from Extinction

Hakai Magazine

Proclamations of doom for the vaquita have been common in articles covering the species for at least a decade. But now, it seems certain that the porpoise has one last bid at survival.

Pacific Nations Promise to Recover Bluefin Tuna

Van Nuys News Press

Last week Pacific nations came together and agreed, for the first time, to recover the population of Pacific bluefin tuna to a sustainable level.

Activists Blame Mexico Gov’t for Near-Loss of Vaquita

Agence France-Presse

While Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto has embarked on a much-vaunted campaign to save the estimated 30 vaquitas that remain, the effort is too little, too late, said Greenpeace and other groups.

Garbage Patch Bigger Than Mexico Found in Pacific

National Geographic

A research team has discovered a plastic garbage patch in the South Pacific Ocean estimated to be bigger than Mexico.

US Will Not Be Listing Bluefin Tuna as Endangered

Mercury News

Rejecting a petition from environmental groups, the Trump administration has announced that it will not list Pacific bluefin tuna as endangered, despite that fact that the animal’s population has fallen 97 percent.

US Govt to Spend $600K Rescuing Mexican Porpoises

CBS News 8

United States taxpayers will pay more than $600,000 for a daring rescue operation in Mexico aimed at rounding up porpoises in the Sea of Cortez.

Profepa Finds More Vaquitas Remain Than Thought

Mexico News Daily

Counting porpoises is doubtless a challenging task but the federal environmental attorney declared last week that the number of remaining vaquita porpoises is higher than estimated earlier this year.

Cancun Pioneers Scheme to Insure Its Coral Reef

The Guardian

A stretch of coral reef off the Mexican coast is the testing ground for a new idea that could protect fragile environments around the world: insurance.

Save the Vaquita Day Marked By Coordinated Efforts

National Marine Mammal Foundation

The world is marking International Save the Vaquita Day on July 8 by supporting VaquitaCPR’s ambitious, emergency plan to help save the vaquita porpoise from extinction in the northern Gulf of California.

Government Issues Permanent Ban on Gillnet Fishing to Save Endangered Vaquita Porpoise

Associated Press

Mexico enacted a permanent ban on gillnet fishing in the northern Gulf of California on Friday in a bid to protect the critically endangered porpoise known as the vaquita marina.

Help Save the Vaquita By Boycotting Mexican Shrimp

Animal Welfare Institute

Fewer than 30 vaquita porpoise are left in Mexico’s northern Gulf of California, and experts have said that if the government of Mexico does not enact a permanent ban on the use of all gillnets, the vaquita will be extinct in less than three years.

’SnotBot’ Drones Are Being Used By Scientists to Collect Whale Snot


Whales are in danger from threats like noise pollution, trash, acidification and overfishing. But it’s difficult to collect data from the massive sea mammals to learn more about how these threats are impacting them without disturbing the whales themselves. Enter drones.

Why Mexican Fishermen Are Going from Shark Hunting to Shark Protecting


They can actually earn a much better living through ecotourism than what they are currently going through with shark fishing.

Sea Shepherd Releases Never Before Seen Footage of Cuvier’s Beaked Whales Near Guadalupe Island

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Sea Shepherd’s research vessel the R/V Martin Sheen returned to Mexico’s Guadalupe Island to continue its study of Cuvier’s beaked whales, capturing never before seen drone footage of these rare and elusive cetaceans.

The Campaign to Save Mexico’s Vaquita Porpoise Faces the Same Problems as the War on Drugs

The Conversation

The Mexican government has spent ten years and more than US$60m trying to clamp down on the supply of illegally hunted vaquita, with no success. The message from critics is “double your efforts”.

Last 30 Vaquitas to Be Removed from Wild in Mexico


The extinction of the vaquita, small porpoises found only in the Gulf of California off the coast of Mexico, may be imminent if action is not taken to save the small remaining number from being killed or dying off.

Leonardo DiCaprio Tweets to Save Mexico’s Vaquita


Leave it to Leonardo DiCaprio to remind us that social media can serve a porpoise. The vaquita porpoise, to be precise.

Meet the Arctic’s New Top Predator - Killer Whales

Stargazing Live

Move over, polar bears. As sea ice melts, orcas are moving into the once-frozen Artic, preying on beluga whales, seals, narwhals, and other marine mammals, scientists are warning.

Overfishing Threatens Gulf of California Ecosystem

Science Times

According to the collection of data by the researchers, overfishing is stretching the fishing capacity of the region that supplies 75% of fish for Mexico.

Lawmakers Approve Reforms to Ban Captivity of Marine Life in Mexico


The plenary approved the reform to prohibit the use of marine mammals of any species, such as whales, dolphins and manatees, in fixed or itinerant shows.

Endangered Vaquita Porpoise Found Dead in Mexico

Zee News

An endangered vaquita porpoise was found dead in the Gulf of Mexico, the country`s environmental protection authority said this week, bringing to four the number of dead vaquitas found in 2017.

The Race to Save Mexico's Vaquita from Extinction

PRI's The World

Illegal fishermen in northern Mexico are being blamed for driving the world’s most endangered marine mammal to the brink of extinction.

New Funding to Save Mexico's Endangered Vaquita


In a bid to save the world’s smallest species of porpoise from extinction, the Mexican government has announced a pledge of $3 million dollars to place some of them in a temporary refuge.

Fishermen Burn Boat, Demand Environmentalists Get Out of Gulf of California

Associated Press

Dozens of fishermen have burned a boat as part of a threat to force out a ship operated by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in Mexico's Gulf of California.

World Landmarks Go Dark for 10th Annual Earth Hour

News Talk

Major landmarks across the globe turned off their lights for sixty minutes Saturday night to mark Earth Hour, a worldwide event that aims to draw attention to climate change caused by the burning of coal, oil and gas to drive cars and power plants.

Totoaba Poachers' Risky Tactics Endanger Vaquitas

Associated Press

Mexican poachers are using go-fast boats, leading authorities trying to protect an endangered porpoise on 80km chases and parking pickup trucks on beaches to load boats and escape quickly.

When Humans and Whales Meet Up in Baja's Magdalena Bay, the Curiosity Seems Mutual

The Seattle Times

Magdalena Bay is one of the places where curious humans pay homage to them. And it seems the curiosity is mutual: It’s common here for whales to come right up to boats, sometimes letting humans pat them on the head.

Saving the Almost Extinct Vaquita Porpoise in Mexico

Al Jazeera

Illegal fishermen in northern Mexico are being blamed for driving the world’s most endangered marine mammal to the brink of extinction. A team of international scientists and conservationists is battling to save the small and rarely seen porpoise.

Most Predatory Fish Gone from Caribbean Coral Reefs

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have found that up to 90 percent of predatory fish are gone from Caribbean coral reefs, straining the ocean ecosystem and coastal economy.

A Desperate Bid to Save Mexico's Vanishing Vaquitas

The New York Times

In the shallow sea waters of the Gulf of California swims a porpoise that few have seen, its numbers dwindling so fast that its very existence is now in peril. Experts propose keeping some in captivity as a last resort.

With Oceans in Danger, Cabo Pulmo Shows the Way

Al Jazeera

A world ocean summit is being held in Bali, where experts are trying to find how we can enjoy our oceans without destroying them. One village in Mexico could point the way.

For Some Whales in Baja, One Kiss Just Isn't Enough


This is the moment an endangered whale swims up to a sightseeing boat and lets a tourist steal a kiss. The close encounter was filmed in Magdalena Bay, Mexico by a surprised onlooker on a neighboring boat.

Cancun Whale Shark Tours Offer Exciting Snorkel Experience in Mother Nature's Aquarium

Cancun Whale Shark Tours

The oceans largest fish the whale shark will be returning to the waters close to Cancun Mexico this summer. The annual summer feeding season begins June 1st, running throughout the summer tourist season ending Sept 17.

Gray Whales in Baja Endangered by Global Warming


Rising water temperatures are threatening gray whales that come to give birth every winter in Mexico's Baja California lagoon.

With Just 30 Left, Time Runs Out for Mexico's Vaquita


Mexico has a choice to make: Put in an all-out effort to permanently ban and remove all gillnets from vaquita habitat in the Gulf of California or be responsible for the extinction of this unique porpoise. If they don’t take real action, the disappearance of vaquitas is on them.

Sea Shepherd Rescues Drowning Fisherman in Gulf of California Fleeing Illegal Fishing Activity

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

The Farley Mowat and the Sam Simon are currently in the Gulf of California as part of Operation Milagro III to stop the imminent extinction of the endangered vaquita porpoise. Both ships are protecting the vaquita refuge and patrolling for poachers.

Last-Ditch Recovery Efforts to Save Mexico's Vaquitas

IBTimes UK

It's hoped that a breeding program in a sanctuary for vaquita porpoises could eventually allow larger numbers to be released back into the wild.

See Kiteboarders Rescue Beached Dolphin in Yucatan


A group of kiteboarders in Mexico were filmed coming ashore to help a disoriented young dolphin that beached itself in the sand.

Mexican Aphrodisiac Fish More Pricey Than Cocaine

Agencia EFE

A fish endemic to Mexico’s Gulf of California has been the target of poaching for decades because its swim bladder is highly coveted in China, where it is believed to possess aphrodisiac and medicinal properties.

Underwater Statues May Help Save Our Coral Reefs


English-Guyanese artist Jason deCaires Taylor is doing his part to save the reefs with these incredible underwater sculptures.

Lawsuit Threatened Over Failure to Sanction Mexico for Illegal Totoaba Trade, Vaquita Decline

The Center for Biological Diversity

The U.S.-based Center for Biological Diversity formally threatened legal action to force the United States to sanction Mexico over illegal fishing that has caused the drastic decline of vaquita.

Navy Dolphins to Help Locate Rare Vaquita Porpoises

The Los Angeles Times

Members of the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program, the dolphins are part of a team being assembled on both sides of the border aimed at capturing live vaquitas - something that has never been accomplished.

Poachers Arrested by Mexican Navy to Save the Nearly Extinct Vaquita Porpoise

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

Six fishing boats engaged in illegal activities were spotted by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society in Mexico's Sea of Cortez, ending in their arrest by the Mexican Navy.

Mexico Tourism Board Supports Continued Protection of the Country's Biodiversity

Mexico Tourism Board

The thirteenth annual Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity held in Cancun was the setting for the launch of Mexico Tourism Board’s new campaign focused on the country’s biodiversity and its wealth in terms of nature, culture and gastronomy.

Mazatlan Opens Largest Shark Tank in Latin America

Mazatlan Messenger

After more than 6 years Mazatlan’s locals and visitors can finally visit the biggest shark tank in Latin America.

Developmentalism and Conservation Clash Out at Sea

Inter Press Service

Representatives of native peoples all over the world took part in a meeting during the Conference on Biodiversity in Cancun, Mexico. Indigenous delegates in the summit were defending their rights and their natural resources, which are threatened by climate change, the extractive industries and biopiracy.

Effort to Catch, Protect Mexico's Remaining Vaquitas

The Associated Press

So few of Mexico's vaquita porpoises remain that the international committee to protect the endangered species is preparing to catch and enclose as many as it can in a last-ditch effort to save it.

Mexico Creates 4 New Protected Biological Reserves

The Associated Press

Mexico's president signed decrees creating four new biological reserves and five other protected areas this week, setting aside about 160 million acres for environmental conservation.

UNAM Scientists Have Discovered 'Bees' in the Ocean

Science Alert

For the first time, National Autonomous University of Mexico researchers have found evidence that underwater ecosystems have pollinators that perform the same task as bees on land.

Conservationists Want You to Eat More of This Fish

PRI's The World

With its arsenal of spiny, venom-tipped fin rays, the lionfish is not a typical ingredient in your fish tacos. But at Norman’s Cay, a restaurant in downtown Manhattan, lionfish comes grilled or fried — and its mild white meat is starting to show up in other restaurants in Florida and New York.

Mexico Plans to Boost Program to Untangle Sea Lions

ABC News

Mexico’s office for environmental protection says the program has now successfully operated on a total of seven sea lions in the area around the island of Espiritu Santo, in the Baja California resort of La Paz.

Thieves Riding Donkeys Steal Sea Turtle Eggs on Southern Mexican Beach

The Associated Press

On the same day that a Mexican sea turtles were released to the sea, thieves stole newly deposited eggs from nests.

Last-Ditch Effort to Save Mexico's Endangered Vaquita


The world’s most endangered whale is slipping closer and closer to extinction, prompting the International Whaling Commission to call for a permanent ban on gillnet fishing in its habitat in a last-ditch effort to save it.

Will Agreement to Protect Marine Life be a Success?

Al Jazeera

It has taken years of negotiations but countries from around the world have finally reached an agreement to preserve marine life near Antarctica. But the world has seen numerous deals to tackle and prevent climate change and its impact on wildlife. Will this deal be any different?

'Jacuzzi of Despair' Found Beneath the Gulf of Mexico

The Christian Science Monitor

Scientists have found a lake under an ocean in the Gulf of Mexico, dubbing it the "Jacuzzi of Despair" for its high salt content and temperature that has killed creatures who accidentally fall into it.

Saving Mexico's Endangered Sea Turtles Will be Good for Tourism Too

The Conversation

Mexico can keep its place as one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world by respecting its coastal ecosystems. In doing so, it will also protect the sea turtles that call its beaches home.

Mana Fighting to Help Sea Turtles with Clothing Line

The Associated Press

Mexican rock band Mana, known for its environmental activism, is stepping into the fashion industry with Ritos del Sol, a line of ecofriendly jeans and T-shirts for men and women, in fight to save endangered sea turtles.

Save Mexico's Vaquita: Plea at World Whale Assembly

Sometimes referred to as Mexico's "panda of the sea", there were a mere 59 known vaquitas by the end of last year, according to reports to the International Whaling Commission.

Pacific Bluefin Tuna Are Heading Towards Protection

Courthouse News Service

Thirteen conservation groups and a former National Fisheries biologist petitioned for federal protection for Pacific bluefin tuna, and the marine agency agreed listing may be warranted.

Linkin Park Visits Magdalena Bay to Bring Awareness to Mangrove Conservation


Linkin Park band members, Rob Bourdon and Dave ‘Phoenix’ Farrell, visited Magdalena Bay, Mexico to learn about the Mangroves conservation project. Music for Relief, which is a non-profit organization founded by Linkin Park in 2005, launched the project one year ago.

Invasion of Lionfish Is an 'Unprecedented Threat'


The population of Cuji fish, native to the southeastern coast of the United States, has dropped almost by half since 1990 - a time that coincides with the start of an invasion by lionfish, which originate from the Indian Ocean and western Pacific.

World Is Making Last Push to Save Mexico's Vaquita

The Washington Post

This is how bad things have gotten for the world’s cutest little porpoise. With only about 60 left, an international treaty of governments is making a last, desperate effort to save them because earlier measures haven’t worked.

Locals Protect Endangered Turtle Eggs from Poachers on Oaxacan Beach

Fox News Latino

It’s the time of the year when thousands of marine turtles descend on a less-than-10-mile long strip of sand in the state of Oaxaca on Mexico’s Pacific coast to lay their eggs.

Watch This Scuba Diver Decimate the Lionfish Population with a Glock 17


Courtland Hunt has just changed the underwater game by successfully shooting invasive Lionfish over 100ft underwater with a customized Glock 9mm handgun in the Gulf of Mexico.

Meat-Free Shrimp Could be Superhero to Our Oceans

What if all-you-can-eat shrimp buffets could help save lives and the planet? Eating shrimp is unsustainable for our oceans and hazardous to our health, but what about shrimp created entirely from plants?

San Felipe Fishermen Demand United Nations Intervention on Fishing Ban

Uniradio Informa

About 500 fishermen and residents of San Felipe demonstrated and signed a document where they asked the United Nations to listen to their complaints and evaluate what a fishing ban has done for the residents of the city.

Sea Shepherd Crewmember Targeted While on Operation to Save the Endangered Totoaba

Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

A crew member aboard the Sea Shepherd vessel M/V Farley Mowat received anonymous death threats last week while on campaign in the Sea of Cortez.

Hurdles Remain for Recovery of Humpback Whales

Center for Biological Diversity

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced that nine of 14 humpback whale populations are no longer on the endangered species list.

Plan Underway to Save Mexico's Endangered Vaquita

Researchers are investigating a conservation strategy that involves capturing and placing some of the remaining vaquitas in enclosures out in the gulf - in an effort to save them. There are, however, a lot of risks to this strategy.

California Lawmakers Pass Bill Banning Shows, Captive Breeding and Export of Orcas


The California State Legislature last week approved a historic bill that would ban the breeding of captive killer whales and orca performances in that state. It would also prohibit the export of captive orcas out of North America.

An End to 'Darwin's Nightmare'? Robot Would Terminate Invasive Lionfish

Digital Trends

A new nonprofit is developing a robotic lionfish exterminator. Nekton’s mission is to use exploration and science to focus the world’s attention on the health of the deep ocean.

How Eating Invasive Lionfish Helps the Environment

Foreign Policy

The Pacific lionfish has taken over the Caribbean, killing reefs and decimating local species. Could Whole Foods be the answer?

UN: Record Seafood Consumption Not Sustainable

Inter Press Service

The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation warns that global fish stocks cannot keep up with record consumption, with the average person now consuming 20 kilograms of fish a year.

San Felipe Fishermen Say They Will Not Allow the Fishing Ban to be Extended

The Fulano Forum

Fishermen in the upper Gulf of California will not allow an extension of the 2-year-long fishing ban placed by the federal government, said the president of the Federation of Coastal Cooperative of San Felipe.

In Isla Mujeres, Marine Conservation Through Art

Caribbean Journal

On a small island off the Caribbean coast of Mexico, a group of artists are working to promote marine conservation in a rather special way.

These Wired, Fake Turtle Eggs Could Track Down Poachers and Crack Illegal Trade

The Washington Post

Smooth to the touch and perfectly round, these ping pong ball-size eggs could easily pass for any of the millions laid and buried every year by endangered sea turtles on the beaches along the North and Central American coasts.

Mexico Launches Drones to Save Endangered Vaquita

Agence France-Presse

Mexico's government has launched three drones to back efforts to prevent illegal fishing activities that have led to the near extinction of the vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise.

Mexico Bans Night Fishing, Gillnets to Save Vaquita

The Associated Press

Mexican authorities say they are banning night fishing and gill nets in an area inhabited by the endangered vaquita marina porpoise.

UN to Mexico: Save the Vaquita or Risk Heritage Status

Center for Biological Diversity

The United Nation’s World Heritage Committee directed Mexico to take immediate action to save the imperiled vaquita porpoise, or risk “in danger” status for its “Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California” World Heritage site.

Totoaba Trafficking Easy Money for Mexico Criminals

InSight Crime

The illegal trafficking of a fish endemic to Mexico's waters is reportedly a low-risk trade that is generating huge profits for criminal organizations looking to feed black-market demand in Asia.

Assisted Breeding for Mexico's Endangered Vaquita?

The Guardian

As the vaquita – the world’s smallest porpoise – plunges toward extinction, scientists have a tough decision ahead of them: to attempt a super risky captive breeding program or not?

First Great White Shark Caught Sleeping on Film Along Baja's Guadalupe Island

Mother Nature Network

Remarkable footage was captured by a robotic submersible that tracked a female great white shark as it swam at night around Guadalupe Island, near Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula.

How Our Consumer Culture Is Killing the Whales


A new documentary explores the boom in noise pollution from ocean shipping that is disrupting the habitat of marine mammals.

Filmmaker Hopes to Save a Tiny Porpoise in Mexico

Boise State Public Radio

Idaho filmmaker Matthew Podolsky has been filming a short documentary in Mexico, trying to save what’s often called “the Panda of the Sea.”

NOAA Expert Puts the World in World Sea Turtle Day

NOAA Fisheries

Listen to Manjula Tiwari, a sea turtle scientist with NOAA. Dr. Tiwari works all over the world helping communities that live near sea turtle nesting beaches to protect their sea turtle populations.

Video Inspires a New Generation of Ocean Activists


On World Oceans Day this week, author and activist Joel Harper used the occasion to unveil an animated video based on his popular children’s book, All the Way to the Ocean.

Debate Surrounds Saving Mexico's Vaquita Porpoise

Associated Press

A new report on Mexico's endangered vaquita marina porpoise says authorities may have to consider trapping some of the few remaining specimens to try to breed them in captivity or semi-captivity. Some experts oppose that, saying it could kill the few vaquitas left.

Arctic Sea Ice Set a Record Low Every Day During May


After Arctic sea ice set a record low annual maximum in March, it was widely expected that this summer melt season would rank among the top 5 or 10 lowest melt seasons on record. However, even the most pessimistic projections have turned out to be too conservative so far.

In San Ignacio Lagoon, Mexico, the Whales Are So Close You Could Kiss Them

The Los Angeles Times

If you need to find a member of the Cetacean Nation in a crowd, you need only mutter: "I'm going on a whale-watching trip where you get to watch mothers and babies frolicking nearby."

'Go Wild for Life' on World Environment Day 2016

This year’s theme for WED – Go Wild for Life – encourages you to celebrate all those species under threat and take action of your own to help safeguard them for future generations.

World's Smallest Porpoise Nears Extinction in Mexico

60 Minutes

You would think the most endangered sea mammal in the world would be a cause celebre but, as Sharyn Alfonsi reports, that's not the case with the vaquita.

Brewing Up a Six-Pack Ring That Won't Kill Sea Turtles


A biodegradable, edible invention from SaltWater Brewery and creative agency We Believers has people asking, ‘What took so long?’

Drone Footage Captures Thousands of Giant Mobula Rays Leaping Out of the Ocean


Amazing drone footage in Baja California, Mexico, captures the creatures huddled together in their hundreds before leaping into the air. The rays appear as suited to the sky as they do to the water, performing some awe-inspiring aerobatic displays.

Twenty-Four Beached Whales Die on Baja Shoreline Despite Rescue Efforts


Twenty-four pilot whales died after becoming beached on the Baja California Peninsula despite efforts to move them into deeper waters.

Nearly 90,000 Gallons of Oil Spilled Into Gulf of Mexico

wochit News

Leaving a 13- by 2-mile sheen of oil on the waves, federal authorities said, almost 90,000 gallons of crude oil gushed from a Shell oil facility into the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast.

Mexico Fights to Save the World's Smallest Porpoise

With the number of totoaba fish and the vaquita porpoise getting dangerously low, the Mexican government has increased efforts to end the illegal fishing pushing them to the brink of extinction.

Conservationists Used a Night Vision Drone to Bust Poachers in the Gulf of California


Sea Shepherd, a ocean conservation group known for its aggressive tactics, recently deployed what might be an ideal weapon for catching poachers red-handed: a quadcopter drone equipped with a thermal night vision camera.

Eating Polluted Seafood May Damage Humans' Natural Defense System

Medical Daily

Pollutants found in fish could be making their way into our food supply and damaging our body's natural defense system.

But Is Whale Shark Ecotourism Really Eco-Friendly?

Earth Island Journal

With such natural splendor at their disposal, it’s unsurprising that entrepreneurial locals have seized the opportunity to sell such a special ecotourism experience. The question that remains is how “eco” the opportunity really is.

Faking Out Poachers with 3D-Printed Sea Turtle Eggs


Conservationists hope to track the black market in eggs by tricking traders with artificial ones that contain wireless transmitters.

Mexico Steps Up Efforts to Save Endangered Vaquita

Latin American Herald Tribune

Federal agencies are stepping up patrols and monitoring to protect the Gulf of California harbor porpoise, and fight trafficking in the totoaba, an endangered fish species that is highly prized in China.

Play TakePart's 'Rare & Ready to Be Saved,' and Help Endangered Animals


Sixteen candidates are competing in “Rare & Ready to Be Saved,” TakePart’s annual bracket game aimed at having a bit of spirited fun while calling attention to the plight of some of the planet’s most imperiled animals.

SeaWorld to End Captive Breeding of Killer Whales, Orca Shows


In a stunning move, SeaWorld has agreed to stop breeding captive killer whales, meaning its 28 orcas will be the last generation owned by the company.

'Unknown Animal' Measuring 13 Feet Long Baffles Authorities on Bonfil Beach


Officials and residents in Acapulco, Mexico, said they are perplexed by the large carcass of a mysterious sea creature that washed up on shore.

How Underwater Resorts Could Save the Coral Reefs

Travel Pulse

The concept of an underwater resort is a polarizing one. Nonetheless, the potential benefits of developing one possibly extend beyond the inevitable tourism draw.

Poachers Are Pushing Mexico's Vaquita to Extinction

Yale Environment 360

China’s lucrative black market for fish parts is threatening the vaquita, the world’s most endangered marine mammal. The porpoises, who live only in the Gulf of California, are getting caught up as bycatch in illegal gill nets and killed.

Rescue Team Saves Humpback Whale Entangled in Illegal Gillnet Off Baja California


A marine wildlife conservation group shared video of a boat crew rescuing a humpback whale from an illegal gillnet in Mexico's Gulf of California.

Antarctica Could be Headed for Major Meltdown

UCLA Newsroom

UCLA geochemist finds striking similarities between climate change patterns today and millions of years ago.

Ensuring the Futures of Whales & Humans in Mexico


For Katherina Audley, saving whales means more than just preserving a majestic species that delights and amazes its two-legged, land-lubbing neighbors.

Marine Life Can't Keep Up with Rapid Climate Change


Researchers say that from British Columbia to Mexico, increasing acidity, rising temperatures, and lower oxygen levels are putting multiple stresses on marine life at the same time.

Mexicans Rescue Thousands of Deserted Turtle Eggs

Latin American Herald Tribune

More than abandoned 12,000 Golfina turtle eggs have been recovered from beaches in the Pacific coast states of Michoacan and Oaxaca.

The Ocean's Future Could All Hinge on One Woman


Even though world leaders ignored marine conservation in Paris, Sylvia Earle is optimistic. “For the first time in all of our history,” she said, “children are growing up in a world where we know what we’re doing to the planet.”

Time's Right to Watch Blue Whales in Baja's Loreto

New China TV

Water spouting by blue whales has made the town of Loreto in the Pacific state of Baja California Sur an important stop for visitors coming to Mexico, especially during the last week of January and the first week of February.

TED Talk: The Mysterious World of Underwater Caves

TEDYouth 2015

Cave diver Jill Heinerth explores the hidden underground waterways coursing through our planet. In this short talk, take a dive below the waves and explore the wonders of inner space.

Cozumel's 'Sea Walls' Project Shows That ARTivism Can be Very Cool


PangeaSeed, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting oceans, uses “artivism” to raise awareness about the threats facing oceans and sea life around the world.

The Long Journey to Save Mexico's Vanishing Vaquita

Summit County Voice

Conservation groups and the Mexican government are making progress in trying to avert extinction of the vaquita porpoise, a small marine mammal that lives only in a few thousand square miles in the northern Gulf of California.

Mexico's Vaquita Porpoise Could Go Extinct in 2 Years


Will the world’s smallest and rarest porpoise still swim the waters of the Gulf of California two years from now? That’s the question for the vaquita, arguably the world’s most endangered marine mammal, which experts say has an extremely narrow window in which to avoid extinction.

Watch a Cruise Ship Pollute as Much as 13 Million Cars - in One Day


The cruise industry markets its ocean voyages as a chance for vacationers to “return to the sea” and forget their troubles onshore. But keeping 5,000 people afloat, fat, and happy comes with hidden environmental costs.

TED: An Underwater Art Museum, Teeming with Life

Mission Blue II

For sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, the ocean is more than a muse - it's an exhibition space and museum.

El Nino Brings Unexpected Fish from Mexico to US

VOA News

Thanks to El Nino, California's coastal waters have become more hospitable to fish from the tropics. Hammerhead sharks are among them.

Rescuers Save 7 Beached Dolphins in Baja California

New Europe

Mexican environmental authorities say they were able to lead seven beached dolphins back to sea but 16 others died on the beaches of the Baja California peninsula.

NOAA Says 'Worst Ever' El Nino Set to Become MEGA


Earlier this year, the United Nations warned that El Nino could be the 'worst ever' and new data from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration confirms that a 'Mega Nino' is on the way.

Vallarta Activist Has a Lot to Say About Climate Change

Vallarta Saludable A & P

Olympic skier and climate activist Suzy Chaffee joins the calls of millions around the world to ensure binding agreements on climate change by the 200 world leaders during the COP21 2015 Paris conference.

COP21: People Power for Global Climate Protection

Deutsche Welle

Across the planet, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets over the weekend for protests at innumerable locations - to demand meaningful action for moving on from fossil fuels and stopping climate change.

Operation Milagro: The Vaquita Defense Campaign

HuffPost Green

The world's most critically endangered marine mammal - a small porpoise called the vaquita that only resides in the Sea of Cortez - is finally getting the attention it so desperately needs to survive.

Genetically Engineered 'Frankenfish' OK'd by FDA

The Associated Press

What's for dinner? Before long, it may well be genetically modified salmon, the first such altered animal cleared for human consumption in the United States.

Can Drones Protect Turtles from Mexico's Poachers?


Mexican officials have announced they are deploying drones on beaches in Oaxaca in a bid to curb the illegal poaching of protected turtles and their eggs.

Mexico Hails Sightings of Near-Extinct Porpoise


An international scientific expedition has spotted up to 25 individual specimens of a near-extinct small porpoise in Mexico's Gulf of California, amid efforts to save the critically endangered vaquita marina.

Former Mexican Navy Ship to Become Baja California's First Artificial Reef

Agencia EFE

The Uribe 121, a patrol boat donated by the Mexican Navy, will sink off the coast of Rosarito Beach in the northeastern Mexican state of Baja California on Nov. 21 to become the first artificial reef of the north Pacific.

Mexico's Vaquita Might Not Withstand the Rising Chinese Market for Totoaba Bladders


The vaquita, an endangered harbor porpoise that only lives in the Gulf of California, is being killed as collateral damage in the hunt for the bladders of an endangered fish that shares these same waters.

3.5 Tons of Shark Fins Seized in Western Mexico

Agencia EFE

Authorities seized 3.5 tons of shark fins and 529 kilos of sea bass swim bladders in Manzanillo, a coastal city in the western Mexican state of Colima, the Profepa federal environmental protection agency said.

WWF Reports Marine Population Halved Since 1970


Populations of marine mammals, birds, fish and reptiles have declined by 49% since 1970, a report says. The study says some species people rely on for food are faring even worse, noting a 74% drop in the populations of tuna and mackerel.

Endangered Vaquita Porpoises Seen in Sea of Cortez

The Himalayan Times

A newly launched effort to find critically endangered vaquita marina porpoises has already spotted at least two and perhaps three of the elusive, rarely seen creatures in Mexico’s Sea of Cortez.

SEMARNAT Again Rejects Coastal Project That Threated Cabo Pulmo National Park

Natural Resources Defense Council

In a win for Mexico's coral reefs, the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources once more issued a resounding "NO" to the massive Cabo Cortes coastal tourism project that threatened Cabo Pulmo National Park.

Kayak Duo Hit by Breaching Whale: 'It Felt Like a Bus Landing on Us'

The Telegraph

Two British holidaymakers have told of the moment they narrowly escaped death when a 40-ton humpback whale crash-landed on their kayak.

Majority of World's Sea Turtles Ingest Human Rubbish


More than half of the world’s sea turtles have ingested plastic or other human rubbish which can result to health problems and even deaths, claims an international study led by a University of Queensland.

Dorado from Mexico May be Illegal to Import Into US


The Presidential task force on IUU, has announced that dorado from Mexico is now an IUU at risk species. As a result illegal fishing operations in Mexico should no longer be allowed to export dorado into the US and it’s extremely lucrative sea food market.

Are Tourists Harming Whale Sharks Along Mexico's Caribbean Coast?


Every summer, hundreds of whale sharks gather off the Yucatan Coast, within an easy boat ride of the tourist hubs. In recent years the phenomenon has attracted crowds of humans, too, who flock to the site to snorkel alongside the graceful, slow-moving creatures.

Low Score for Mexico from Ocean Health Index

Riviera Maya News

Among the 221 countries and regions recently evaluated by Ocean Health Index, Mexico ranked 155. According to their appraisal, Mexico’s low score is the result of the over-exploitation of fishing and pollution.

Blue Whale Entangled in Fishing Line Reported Sighted in Mexico Waters

CBS News

A boat off the coast of Mexico apparently spotted the blue whale Monday that rescuers first saw several days ago entangled in hundreds of feet of fishing line near Los Angeles.

An 'Accidental Extinction' Faces Mexican Porpoise

PRI's The World

The world’s most endangered marine mammal is a small porpoise called the vaquita - Spanish for little cow. The vaquita has been under threat for years, but now the poaching of a rare fish may be driving the tiny Mexican porpoise to extinction.

Rising Number of Cancerous Sea Turtles in Mexico

Riviera Maya News

Aside from marine pollution and natural predators, researchers are finding an alarming increase in sea turtle cancer.

Mexico Says It Is Committed to Protect Sea Turtles

KRWG News22

Mexico disagrees with a U.S. conclusion, which says it is not doing enough to reduce the deaths of endangered sea turtles in fishing nets, and will ban Mexican sea products if it doesn’t bring protections up to U.S. standards.

Drones to Combat Turtle Egg Poachers in Mexico

ABC News

Authorities in Mexico will deploy drones on southwestern beaches in Oaxaca to protect against a reported surge in poaching of the eggs of the threatened Olive Ridley turtle.

Poachers Threaten Oaxaca Sea Turtle Population

Television del Sur

Poachers in the southwestern Mexican state of Oaxaca are threatening the continued existence of the Olive Ridley turtle. The sea turtles' eggs and nesting areas on the Pacific Coast had been protected by the navy until 2014.

Say Hello to Deep Blue: 'The Biggest Great White Shark Ever Filmed'

NBC News

Newly found footage of the 20-foot long great white was recorded off Mexico’s Guadalupe Island by shark expert Mauricio Hoyos Padilla in 2013.

Voices in the Ocean: A Journey Into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins

From Susan Casey, the New York Times bestselling author of 'The Wave' and 'The Devil’s Teeth,' a breathtaking journey through the extraordinary world of dolphins.

Drone Footage of Baja Tourists Interacting with a Grey Whale and Her Calf

Barcroft TV

Wildlife photographer Mark Carwardine used a drone to film a group of tourists having an incredible up-close encounter with a pod of grey whales off the Pacific coast of Mexico.

Observers Say Mexico Is Not Enforcing a Gillnet Ban Meant to Save Vaquitas

Citizens Voice

Despite a ban that started April 10, some Mexican fishermen are still using gillnets in the northern Gulf of Mexico to the detriment of critically endangered endemic porpoises.

Whale Conservationists Seek Backers on Kickstarter for Snot-Harvesting Drone

Beta Boston

The robots may be coming for our jobs, but first they will fly solo into a geyser of warm whale snot. For science.

Mexican Poachers Ignore Fishing Ban as Endangered Vaquita Nears Extinction


A Greenpeace vessel patrolling the Gulf of California finds that vaquita porpoise–killing gill-net fishing continues despite a government moratorium.

Sea of Cortez: The World's Aquarium

The Telegraph

The Sea of Cortez has an almost legendary status among divers and marine naturalists. John Steinbeck wrote a book about his voyage here aboard a scientific collecting expedition in 1940, and Jacques Cousteau famously called it “the world’s aquarium”.

Saving Mexico's Vaquita Just Got One Step Closer


There are only 97 vaquita left in the world and you’ve been part of a global campaign to save them. In fact, in just the last 5 weeks, 100,000 of you have stood up and demanded they be protected.

Time Running Out to Save the Sea of Cortez Vaquita

San Diego Union Tribune

Down to 50 individuals or less, according to the latest science, the disappearance of the vaquita from the northern Gulf of California would mark the first whale, dolphin or porpoise species to go extinct in North America in modern times.

Amazing Turtle's Eye-View of the Great Barrier Reef


The Great Barrier Reef is home to almost 6000 species. Thanks to GoPro, here’s what the journey through it looks like for one of them: a turtle’s eye view of the Reef.

A New Threat to Whales: Snake-Oil Salesmen


Just as unscrupulous dealers in China and Vietnam started making unsubstantiated claims a decade ago that rhino horn could cure cancer and hangovers, a Japanese company is now marketing whale meat as a way to treat dementia and fatigue.

175,000 Turtle Hatchlings Released on Mexican Beach

Latin American Herald Tribune

Environmental authorities in Mexico have released 175,416 hatchlings of the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle at Playa Rancho Nuevo Sanctuary on the country’s northeastern Gulf coast.

Baja Diver Gets Up Close and Personal with a Colony of Playful Sea Lion Pups

Hundreds of curious sea lions couldn’t resist a closer look at Joost van Uffelen’s underwater camera when he and his team swam with the colony in Mexico.

Demise Imminent Without Drastic Action by Mexico to Save the Vaquita Porpoise

Center for Biological Diversity

A scientific report finds that vaquita porpoises declined by more than 40 percent in a single year and consequently only around 50 individuals of the species likely remain on Earth.

Google Street View Takes You Under the Streets and Deep Into the Sea


Google Street View is slowly but surely conquering Earth's land surfaces, but the oceans are still largely untapped territory. Last week, Google narrowed the gap a little by adding Street View imagery from more than 40 locations around the world, many of which are underwater.

Dolphins Go Wild in Back to the Blue Project to Free Captive Marine Mammals


A new report on the successful rehabilitation and release of wild-caught dolphins could well become the how-to manual for other efforts to “rewild” marine mammals at aquariums around the world.

Study: Climate Change May Kill Off 1 in 13 Species

Shanghai Daily

According to a new study published in the journal Science, Global warming will eventually push 1 out of every 13 species on Earth into extinction, with South America the hardest hit for any continent.

Dolphin Deaths Linked to 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill

PRI's The World

It appears that no amount of cleaning can fix the long-term effects of oil contamination in fragile coastal habitats.

Tons of Endangered Sea Species Seized in Mexico

Prensa Latina

In the last three years, Mexico has seized some 18 tons of products and byproducts of Totoaba macdonaldi, an endangered fish, said the Federal Office for Environmental Protection.

Protecting Isla Isabel: The Galapagos of Mexico

Global 3000

In 2005 the UNESCO declared Isla Isabel and parts of the Gulf of California a world heritage site. Now the national park authority wants to protect the surrounding marine area as well, so life on the island can continue.

Pro Surfers Are Totally Stoked as New Ocean Activists


Surfers are shedding their "whatever, dude" attitude to tackle climate change, plastic pollution, and green up their sport.

Cage Diving Offers View of Baja's Great White Sharks

The Columbus Dispatch

The chance to see these beasts interact in their natural environment inspires more excitement than fear for many adventurers. And those who meet the sharks quickly learn that the reputation is largely undeserved.

AIDA: Working to Protect Coral Reefs in Mexico

AIDA Americas

The current threats to the Veracruz Reef System are a sign of the urgent need for nations to take effective measures to protect coral reefs and comply with their international obligations.

Activists: 'Premature' to Loosen Endangered Species Protection for Humpback Whales

The Hill

The National Marine Fisheries Service has proposed to loosen the protections for certain populations of humpback whales. But animal rights activists warn that doing so could put the whales in grave danger.

Rare Footage of Endangered Vaquita in Sea of Cortez

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has captured rare footage of the elusive and endangered vaquita porpoise in the waters of Mexico’s Gulf of California, the small cetacean’s only home on Earth.

Gulf of Mexico Health Remains Scarred 5 Years After BP Deepwater Oil Spill

The Associated Press

From above, five years after the BP well explosion, the Gulf of Mexico looks clean, green and whole again, teeming with life - a testament to the resilience of nature. But there's more than surface shimmering blue and emerald to the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon spill.

New Plan to Save Mexico's Rare Vaquita Porpoise

U-T San Diego

With the small and rarely seen vaquita porpoise verging on extinction, Mexico’s federal government is launching an unprecedented effort to save the species.

North Pacific Gray Whale Swims 14,000 Miles and Into the Record Books

GeoBeats News

Animals have been known to make some epic journeys, but the migration of a whale named Varvara has made history.

Researcher Sylvia Earle's Wish: Protect Our Oceans

TED Talks

Legendary ocean researcher Sylvia Earle says we should all stop eating fish before it is too late.

Humpback Whales Surprise Paddlers Off Baja Coast

National Geographic

In the remote waters off Mexico's Baja Peninsula, explorers Justin DeShields and Bryan Morales come face-to-blowhole with a couple of giant humpback whales.

Wildlife Still Struggling Five Years After BP Oil Spill

Nature World News

As the five year anniversary of the infamous BP oil spill approaches, a new report has revealed that 20 species of wildlife are still dealing with the damage from the disaster's aftermath, with dolphins dying in high numbers and abnormal fish being born.

Pacific 'Whale Without a Tail' Seems to Be Doing Fine


Had passengers aboard the Dana Pride not seen the gray whale surface and blow a plume of mist into the air, they would not have had any idea what they were looking at.

Ocean Mining Dispute Brews Off Baja California Coast

Frontera NorteSur

On the Baja peninsula, a proposal to mine underwater phosphate sands has generated environmental controversy; inspired a legal complaint against mining opponents some compare to activist-chilling SLAPP suits in the United States; and provided yet another test of press freedom in Mexico.

Will Boycotting Mexican Seafood Save the Vaquita?

Natural Resources Defense Council

Frustrated that Mexico and the United States are not taking the steps necessary to save a small porpoise found only in the Gulf of California from going extinct, people are increasingly looking at banning or boycotting Mexican seafood products as the only way to produce necessary action in Mexico.

Cousteau Urges Need to Understand, Protect Ocean

Columbia Tribune

“We need to treat the world like a business and our resources like capital,” says Jean-Michel Cousteau, adding that the more humans “gobble up,” the closer the planet is to bankruptcy.

World Cetacean Alliance 'Shocked' Canadian was Killed in Cabo Whale Collision

The Globe and Mail

A global organization promoting responsible whale watching is calling the death of a Canadian tourist off the coast of Mexico - when a grey whale came crashing on a tour boat on Wednesday - a freak accident and unprecedented.

Whale 'Waving' Caught on Drone Near Baja Coast

Caters TV

This is the incredible moment a whale appears to wave at a camera as it flies above it in a drone.

Filmmaker Turns Lens on One of Last Healthy Reefs

Living Isle

'Living Isle' is short film about the lives of the Garifuna people living in the Bay islands of Honduras. They live on the second largest reef in the World and have been doing so sustainably since 1797.

PROFEPA Frees Humpback Whale Tangled in Net Off Baja's Cabo San Lucas

The Fulano Forum

The personnel said the whale had spent several days caught in the net and it took them hours to free it, during which the whale remained calm, and only submerged after it was freed.

Two Minutes to Midnight for the World's Tiniest Cetacean - Mexico's Vaquita

The New York Times

If there were a Doomsday Clock for species on the brink of extinction, the minute hand for the vaquita - a tiny porpoise restricted to waters near the Colorado River delta in the Gulf of California - would be nudging midnight.

More Sick Sea Lion Pups Found on Pacific Beaches

Digital Journal

Marine scientists say 2015 could be the worst year on record for California’s iconic sea lion, the seemingly friendly marine mammal facing an uncharacteristic winter die-off that has animal lovers, beachgoers and environmentalists traumatized.

Divers Share Precious Moments with Baby Humpback Whale - Then Came the Orcas


Divers at Mexico's Socorro Island spend magical moments with a humpback whale and her baby, only to witness the raw power of nature when orcas arrive.

Emaciated Sea Lion Pups Increasing in Numbers

Tech News

Researchers are puzzled why hundreds of frail and starving sea lion pups continue to be washed ashore in California beaches.

Mexico to Use Drones to Protect Endangered Porpoise

Associated Press

Mexico is planning to use drones to patrol the upper Sea of Cortez to combat illegal fishing and save the critically endangered vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise.

New Web Portal Aims to Tame the Lionfish Invasion

Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute and NOAA have announced the launch of an Invasive Lionfish Web Portal aimed at arming the fishery community and public with the latest details to the combat the invasive species in the Atlantic and Gulf region.

Scientists Rally to Protect Pacific Bluefin Tuna

CCTV America

Japanese scientists are exploring ways to prevent the extinction of Pacific bluefin tuna, one of the most over-fished species in the world.

Mexico Wants to Ban Nets, Save Endangered Porpoise

The Associated Press

Mexican authorities are proposing a $37 million plan to ban gillnet fishing in most of the upper Sea of Cortez to save the critically endangered vaquita marina, the world's smallest porpoise.

Child Admits Killing Gulf of Mexico Dolphin with Arrow


A child in Florida has confessed to killing a wild dolphin with a bow and arrow, according to federal investigators.

The Oceans' Plastic Pollution Problem Is Far Worse Than We Thought, and Here's Why


Ranging in size from a grain of salt to larger than a plastic water bottle, the plastic pollution in the world’s oceans weighs more than 269,000 tons - far more than scientists previously estimated.

Mexico's 'Wildlife Without Borders' Program

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

The Wildlife Without Borders - Mexico is working to train over 300 tour operators from Jalisco, Nayarit and Oaxaca on humane and responsible practices when taking care of sea animals like humpback whales and their calves.

Mexico's Vaquitas Could Be Extinct in Four Years

Marine News

New research conducted by an international panel of scientists has revealed that Vaquitas, rare porpoises that live off the coast of Mexico, could go extinct in four years without stepped-up enforcement measures.

Orca Hunter Turned Whale Rescuer Shares His Video


Marine biologist, Jeff Foster, once captured orcas for SeaWorld and other marine parks; today he works to free them, turning down multimillion-dollar offers to resume the hunt.

Last Chance to Help Save Mexico's Vaquita Porpoise


Fewer than 100 of the marine mammals survive, and the Mexican government is expected to announce a last-ditch effort to rescue the vaquita.

Endangered Hammerheads Swim from Protection

Nature World News

In Mexico in the eighties, the sea of Cortes was one of the best places to see these beautiful and majestic animals but at present it's hard to see even a few.

NGOs Petition Mexican President to Save the Vaquita in Advance of Major Decision

Natural Resources Defense Council

Identify problem - vaquita going extinct; identify cause - gillnets; identify solution - ban gillnets. Sounds easy, right? Maybe on paper, but the reality is something quite different.

Study: Global Warming Worsening Watery Dead Zones

Associated Press

Global warming is likely playing a bigger role than previously thought in dead zones in oceans, lakes and rivers around the world and it’s only going to get worse, according to a new study.

Dive Footage Catches Humpback Whale Taking a Nap


A research dive team called Panga MX caught some amazing footage in Mexico of a humpback whale slumbering straight up-and-down in the water, with its tail facing the surface.

Scientists Used Data from Satellites to Develop the Newest Ocean Map


Researchers have only just discovered thousands of new mountains across Earth – some towering almost a mile high – because they are hidden in the depths of the ocean.

Drone Used to Monitor Killer Whales Out in the Open Ocean for First Time

Business Insider

Scientists have captured an amazing bird's-eye video of killer whales, not from a plane or a helicopter, but from an aerial drone.

Vaquitas in Mexico Could Go Extinct This Month

Wildlife News

With fewer than 25 breeding females estimated to be left and the totoaba fishing season about to get underway this month could determine the future of the world’s smallest porpoise.

Grey Whales Approach Tourists for Affection

Aol Travel

Tourists capture amazing footage while petting a playful whale with its baby as they swim alongside boat in Mexico.

Saving the World's Most Endangered Sea Mammal


Humans have driven to extinction four marine mammal species in modern times: Steller´s sea cow in 1768, the Caribbean monk seal in 1952, the Japanese sea lion in 1970, and the Chinese river dolphin in 2006. As you read this, we are on the brink of losing the fifth.

Blue Whale Population Rebounds in Pacific Ocean

Newsy Science

A new analysis suggests there are as many blue whales living off the coast of California as there were before humans started hunting them to near extinction 110 years ago.

Do Wildlife Tourists Stress Out Marine Mammals?


Watching whales and dolphins in their natural habitats may seem like a good alternative to seeing them in aquariums, but some scientists say that the activity may be putting the marine mammals at risk.

Are Jellyfish Going to Take Over the World? Scientists Have an App for That


Scientists are turning to the smartphone-carrying masses to gather data on the mysterious sea creature.

Warning: This Movie Will Make You Want to Do Something to Save the Oceans

Mother Jones

Mission Blue tells the story of world-renowned oceanographer Sylvia Earle as she travels the globe on an urgent mission to shed light on the dire condition of Earth's oceans.

Mexico's Vaquita Porpoise Faces Imminent Extinction - Can It Be Saved?

National Geographic

Only 97 vaquita porpoises remain in the wild. Their steep decline is blamed largely on illegal gill-net fishing in the Gulf of California.

Teenager Invents a Machine That Could Solve One of Ocean's Biggest Problems

Mic Network

Boyan Slat, a 19-year-old from the Netherlands, designed a floating structure that could mop up 70,000 metric tons of plastic from the northern Pacific Ocean. Talk about being a boy genius.

Vaquita, the Mexican Porpoise, Nears Extinction


An international team of scientists says that the critically endangered vaquita, a species of porpoise found only in Mexico’s Gulf of California, is fast approaching extinction and that all gillnet fishing in the animal’s range must be banned.

The Empty Aquarium: Mexico's Sea of Cortez Is Running Out of Fish


Located in between mainland Mexico and the Baja California Peninsula, the Sea of Cortez has been called the "Aquarium of the World;" it's home to over 950 varieties of fish and 30 species of marine mammals. But this maritime treasure and the creatures that call it home are in danger.

'Luminous Sea': Underwater Photographer Supports Ocean Conservation with New Book


Underwater photographer Richard Salas is raising money for The Ocean Foundation with the sales of his newest book, Luminous Sea.

Obama Announces Initiative to Protect Pacific Ocean


President Barack Obama has announced a new initiative to protect parts of the Pacific Ocean from overfishing and environmental damage.

Can Underwater Art Save the Ocean's Coral Reefs?

Jason deCaires Taylor has created artificial reefs - statues placed anywhere from four to nine meters underwater - to encourage ecosystems to take hold and flourish. The statues are almost as diverse as the ecosystems they hope to foster.

Forget SeaWorld! Watch Orcas Playing in the Wild

Smithsonian Channel

Love marine life, but not into SeaWorld? Well, do we have a treat for you! This amazing footage of killer whales in the wild, captured by a crew from the Smithsonian Channel, is truly exhilarating.

World Oceans Day 2014: World's Most Polluted Seas Revealed


According to World Wide Fund for Nature, more than 80% of marine pollution is caused by land-based activities that cause oil spills, fertilizers and toxic chemical runoff and the discharge of untreated sewage.

Jackie Savitz: Save the Oceans, Feed the World!

TED Talks

What's a marine biologist doing talking about world hunger? Well, says Jackie Savitz, fixing the world's oceans might just help to feed the planet's billion hungriest people.

Aquanauts to Live Under the Sea for 31 Days in Environmental Research Mission


An undersea habitat has become home for six divers for 31 days, as they take to the ocean for an underwater research mission in Florida.

Entangled Gray Whale Calf Released By Newly Trained Mexican Response Team

International Whaling Commission

A recent training in San Ignacio Lagoon, Mexico, has resulted in the professional and successful release of an entangled gray whale calf by a newly trained team at the San Ignacio Lagoon.

Scientists Googling the Deep Blue Sea


With Google's these underwater version of Street View, you don’t have to be a scuba diver - or even know how to swim.

Deficiencies in Cabo Dorado Environmental Impact Assessment Brought to Light

Natural Resources Defense Council

Heeding the calls of civil society and concerned citizens, Mexico’s environmental authority is holding a public information meeting on Cabo Dorado – the massive tourism and real-estate complex proposed just north of and adjacent to Cabo Pulmo National Park

The Dilemma of Mexico's Sea Cucumbers

Although sea cucumbers are barely consumed in Mexico, high demand in China fueled overfishing of the sea cucumbers in Yucatán waters and has greatly depleted the sea cucumber population in the area.

Sea Shepherd Uncovers the Next Great Extinction


With global shark populations being driven towards extinction, this is not just a China issue, but a global issue and we are all responsible.

Uruguay Becomes Sanctuary for Whales and Dolphins

Global Voices

In September, Uruguay adopted new legislation that prohibits the chasing, hunting, catching, fishing, or subjecting of cetaceans to any process by which they are transformed.

Five Distinct Humpback Whale Populations Found in North Pacific


Five distinct humpback whale populations have been identified across the North Pacific Ocean in the most comprehensive genetic study of the mammals in this region yet, a new study reports.

Help Save Mexico's Endangered Vaquita Porpoise

Save The Whales

Take a decisive step to save the vaquita - a porpoise threatened by extinction - and to promote sustainable fisheries in the upper Gulf of California for the benefit of fishers and their families.

Defender of Mexico's Gray Whales Dies at 72

Associated Press

Francisco Mayoral, a noted defender of Mexico's gray whales and one of the country's earliest and most-experienced whale-watching guides, died of a stroke last week in Mexico's Baja California peninsula. He was 72.

Thousands Of Dolphins Slaughtered Off Peru Coast

InSight Crime

At least 15,000 dolphins are illegally killed each year off the coast of Peru by fishermen who use them as shark bait, according to an undercover investigation, a consequence of the high profits available in the shark fin market.

Mexican NGO and Scientific Community Partner to Preserve Endangered Whale Sharks


Blue Realm, Seacology and the scientific community 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.

Spiraling Loggerhead Deaths Linked to Fishing Gear Off Baja California

E&E Publishing

One thing hasn't changed since Wallace Nichols began studying loggerhead sea turtles in Mexico's Baja California more than 20 years ago: North Pacific sea turtles are dying. And the main culprit - bycatch - is easy to spot.

The Horror of Garbage Island in Documentary 'Midway'


A devastating documentary on the Pacific garbage patch is a sobering reminder: We can’t ignore this problem forever.

Mexico Risks US Trade Embargo for Failing to Protect Loggerhead Turtles


Mexico faces the threat of a trade embargo from the United States for failing to protect endangered North Pacific loggerhead sea turtles from getting entangled in fishing gear off the Baja California’s Gulf of Ulloa.

Bikers4Orcas: How a Gang of Bikers Plans to Rescue Whales from Captivity


Shaking off their reputation for lawlessness, these motorcycle enthusiasts want to save orcas from marine parks. Bikers, it turns out, are a lot like killer whales.

In Shift Towards Eco-Tourism, Releasing Hooked Sharks in Baja California

The Huffington Post

Pelagic Life had an idea: Paying local fishermen to help them free 100 hooked sharks in the Baja Peninsula. The goal was to teach the fishermen the financial benefits of a live shark, paving the way for ecotourism in the region.

Invasive Species Find a New Way to Sail the 7 Seas


A new form of transport has been identified for the world’s wandering bugs, in those giant, floating plastic patches that have created dead zones in each of the five oceans.

Coral Calamity: Will Reefs Really Die Off by 2100?


More bad news for coral reefs: If nothing is done to reduce carbon emissions, there may be nowhere left in the world's ocean where they can survive, new research suggests.

Trash in the Deep Sea: Researchers Bring a Hidden Problem to Light


Surprisingly large amounts of discarded trash end up in the ocean. Plastic bags, aluminum cans, and fishing debris not only clutter our beaches, but accumulate in open-ocean areas such as the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch."

Tell Mexico: Stop Killing Endangered Sea Turtles

Center for Biological Diversity

Each year at least 2,000 endangered loggerhead sea turtles are caught by shark and halibut fishermen off the southern peninsula of Mexico's Baja California.

The Government of Mexico Approves Measure to Save World's Rarest Marine Mammal


Mexico has taken a decisive step to save the vaquita - a porpoise threatened by extinction - and to promote sustainable fisheries in the upper Gulf of California for the benefit of fishers and their families.

Five Mexican Beaches Certified for Eco-Excellence

Presidency of the Republic

Five Mexican beaches have received Blue Flag certification for having global excellence. This certification shows that Mexican beaches are able to compete environmentally with world-class destinations.

June 8th is World Oceans Day!

World Oceans Day was first introduced in 1992 to raise awareness of the crucial role the sea plays as sources of food, oxygen and medicine. It was officially recognized by the United Nations in 2008 and is observed on June 8 each year.

New Mexican Law Protects All Coastline Nesting Grounds of Sea Turtles


Mexico had recently passed a law that provides protection to the nesting grounds of the sea turtles. In the past, only those considered as sanctuaries and reserves are protected by the government but now, all sites are covered.

Trade Sanctions Sought to Stop Mass Killing of Sea Turtles in Mexican Fisheries

Center for Biological Diversity

U.S. conservation groups formally requested trade sanctions against Mexico this week to stop the country’s massive loggerhead sea turtle bycatch.

Earth Day 2013: The Face of Climate Change

Every year on April 22, more than one billion people take part in Earth Day. Across the globe, individuals, communities, organizations, and governments acknowledge the amazing planet we call home and take action to protect it.

When Global Warming Melts Your Backyard, Things Get Real - Fast


This short video is among the most salient storytelling that illustrates just how fast warming temperatures are changing life in the north.

Help Greenpeace Save the Pacific's Endangered Leatherback Turtles

Endangered leatherback turtles migrate 6,000 miles across the Pacific each year, and at the end of their journey looms a deadly threat.

The Uphill Battle to Protecting Mexico's Bull Shark Population


Every year, from November to March, dozens of bull sharks approach Mexico's Mayan Riviera to make its temperate and turquoise waters their home. Many fear that local fishermen could hinder population growth and eventually cause their decimation.

Unparalleled Access To California Gray Whales at Laguna San Ignacio, Mexico

CBS Local

Those who have visited say there’s simply no place on earth quite like Laguna San Ignacio, in Mexico’s southern Baja Peninsula.

Woman Swims with Great White in Waters off Baja

Telegraph UK

An American woman swims with great white sharks without any protective gear to prove they do not deserve their murderous reputation.

100 Million Sharks Killed Each Year, Study Finds


While it’s no secret that globally we’re annihilating shark populations, the actual numbers behind our mass destruction of these creatures have remained elusive, until now.

Researchers Discover Evidence of Floating Garbage Patch in Southern Hemisphere


The Northern Pacific has a garbage patch, the Northern Atlantic has one, too. Not to be outdone, researchers discovered evidence of a previously unknown massive garbage patch, this time floating in the Southern Hemisphere.

NOAA Report: Mexican Fishing Vessels Killing Endangered Sea Turtles


Fishing boats from Mexico killed at least 438 endangered loggerhead sea turtles in July and August 2012, according to a new report about illegal and unregulated fishing issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Call of Life: Facing the Mass Extinction

The Video Project

'Call of Life' tells the story of a crisis not only in nature, but also in human nature, a crisis more threatening than anything human beings have ever faced before.

Study: Alarming Plummet in Small-Scale Fisheries

Canadian Press

Many of the small-scale fisheries that provide food to coastal communities around the world are in sharp decline, suggests a new study that links their poor health to a lack of proper monitoring.

Google Unveils Stunning Underwater 'Street Views'

Google Street View is no longer limited to roads and sidewalks — now, you can browse stunning panoramic images from under the sea.

Lacking Controls, Mexico Becomes a Haven for Illegal Fishing

Inter Press Service

The authorities in Mexico seem to have thrown in the towel in the fight against illegal fishing, which is hurting fisheries, the environment, and incomes.

At Least 16 Species of Endangered or Threatened Sharks in Mexico

Prensa Latina

Sixteen shark species of Mexico are now endangered or threatened according to assessment of the Shark Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

Developers Resubmit Controversial Plan for Massive Mexican Resort Near Endangered Reef

Associated Press

Developers have resurrected plans for a massive beach resort near a sensitive coral reef in Mexico's Gulf of California, just two months after authorities rejected a similar plan amid protests by environmental groups.

Mexico Government and Pronatura Noroeste Team Up to Protect Whale Sanctuary


The Mexican government and the Pronatura Noroeste organization signed an accord to improve protection of a Pacific coastal lagoon that serves as a refuge for gray whales.

Jason Taylor and the Art of Reef Conservation

New York Times

Jason deCaires Taylor has found a way to blend a love of diving and coral reefs with his art — which he crafts on dry land and then lowers into the seas.

Great White Shark Should be on Endangered List


Great white sharks swimming off the California coast should be protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, according to a trio of environmental groups that contend there are fewer than 350 of the animals in these western coastal waters.

How the Movie Jaws Vilified Sharks, Inspired Scientists, and Changed the World

There are very few movies we can honestly say truly changed the world — but Jaws is one of them.

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