Mine-hunting dolphins will be used to herd the Vaquita Marina

Mine-hunting dolphins will be used to herd the Vaquita Marina

Jul 21, 2017

Mexico announced several moves on July 4th to help support the vaquita porpoise. The creatures—also known as the panda of the sea due to its black-rimmed eyes—have undergone rapid decline in recent years. The announcement signals renewed efforts to save the diminutive creatures, including a permanent ban on fishing methods that put the creatures at risk and deployment of dolphins to help round up the remaining vaquitas for protection. The vaquita is the smallest cetacean in the world, measuring just five-feet long as adults, and are only found in the northern reaches of the Gulf of California, the stretch of water that separates Baja California from Mexico. And these tiny creatures are in trouble. The most recent census of the animal shows there may be only 30 individuals left in the wild, Erin Blakemore reported for Smithsonian.com earlier this year. The shy porpoises aren’t directly hunted, but are caught and drowned in gillnets—panels of mesh designed to allow only the fish’s head through, trapping the creatures underwater. But like all cetaceans, the vaquita breathes air, making the gillnets deadly. The nets are set to trap another endangered species, the totoaba. This fish’s swim bladder is used in Chinese medicine to make a soup believed to boost fertility—and demand has skyrocketed in recent years. Though the Mexican government has attempted to control the use of gillnets in this region in the past, even instating a two-year ban on gillnets in a large swath of the bay in 2015, organized crime and illegal fishing for totoaba has kept pressure on the vaquita. Without further intervention, the creatures could go extinct as early as next year, according to the World Wildlife Fund. The declining situation led Mexico to announce a permanent ban on gillnets in the area, Reuters reports.   Click here for full article on The Smithsonian Source: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/navy-use-dolphins-track-down-worlds-most-endangered-porpoise-180963908/#M5ougJrR1100CyCp.99...

Diving with great white sharks at Isla Guadalupe

Diving with great white sharks at Isla Guadalupe

Jul 19, 2017

Guadalupe Island (Isla Guadalupe) is a volcanic island and popular liveaboard destination reached from Ensenada with some operators meeting their guest in San Diego. The island is 241 kilometers (150 mi) off the west coast of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula and some 400 kilometers (250 mi) southwest of the city of Ensenada. Great Whites are the reason divers make the long trip here. The cage diving may be the best in the world. The Great Whites, Guadalupe fur seals, tuna, and sea lions are most frequently sighted from August to October. The ocean is calmest at this time however, divers can expect colder sea temperatures of 66 to 72°F (19°C to 22°C). Source:...

7 dead whales found in Mulegé, Baja California Sur

7 dead whales found in Mulegé, Baja California Sur

Jul 18, 2017

MULEGÉ, BCS.- Travelers visiting a remote area between the fishing villages of El Campito and Playa Malarrimo in the municipality of Mulegé BCS,  were shocked to find seven whales in an advanced state of decomposition right next to the shore, in shallow waters. The incident has been disseminated among the Sudcalifornian society through images posted on social networks, and up until Monday July 17, it was still unknown if the environmental authorities were already conducting the proper investigations in the area. The finding was made to the north of Bahía Tortuga, where members of the fishing community say that the whales could have been dead for several days without anybody noticing. Until this moment the Profepa has not issued any communication on this matter, reason why it is still unknown what type of whales they are and what could be the cause of death.  ...

5 people save the life a humpback whale and she says “Thank you”

5 people save the life a humpback whale and she says “Thank you”

Jul 17, 2017

Michael Fishbach narrates his encounter with a humpback whale entangled in a fishing net. The video went viral on social networks and was titled “Saving Valentina” on ABC’s 20/20. Michael Fishbach narrates how he and four other “heroes” save the life of a humpback whale that was entangled in a fishing net somewhere in the Sea of Cortez on February 14, 2011. Gershon Cohen and Michael Fishbach have founded The Great Whale Conservancy to protect whales. http://www.greatwhaleconservancy.org, is their website, or go to gwc’s facebook page, and join them in helping to save these magnificent beings. This Video belongs to the TOP 5 of my all time Favorite Videos on the Internet.  have seen it many Times, but have always Tears of Joy running down my Face.  So so beautiful to see that they could save the Whale. And I am absolutely sure that this beautiful Creature knew what was happening there and then said  ” THANK YOU ! ” at the End.  Faith in Humanity : Officially restored.  KITEBUGGY (YouTube...

Shark researchers say Baja has a gigantic Great White Shark nursery

Shark researchers say Baja has a gigantic Great White Shark nursery

Jul 11, 2017

Researchers have just figured out something that no one who surfs in Baja California wanted to know: There’s a great white shark nursery along Baja’s Pacific Coast. Scientists have long known that great whites migrate up and down the coast between California and Baja California. And that — to the delight of shark divers and the dismay of pinnipeds — adult great whites frequent Guadalupe Island, a volcanic island 150 miles off the Baja coast. But this much is new: Sebastian Vizcaino Bay, a lagoon halfway down the Baja Peninsula, is a nursery for newborn great whites. Sebastian Vizcaino Bay sits on a remote part of Baja California 500 miles south of San Diego, but is not far from the famed Seven Sisters region of righthand point breaks. Researchers reported the news in a journal article published this winter. If it’s any consolation to surfers, virtually the entire coast of Southern California, from Point Conception to San Clemente, is also considered a white shark nursery. That would explain the many sightings of juvenile great whites in recent years, as the species’ numbers have rebounded. Researchers figured out that the region in Baja is a nursery by counting the number of times fishermen caught juvenile great whites, and what time of year those inadvertent catches occurred. Interestingly, scientists still don’t know where great whites give birth. The juveniles might be born in the nursery areas off the coast of Baja or Southern California. Or they might be born farther offshore. As with the United States, Mexico, since 2014, has had a fishing ban on great...

Authorities of Mexicali provide attention to injured Cimarron “Bighorn” ram

Authorities of Mexicali provide attention to injured Cimarron “Bighorn” ram

Jul 10, 2017

Staff of the 22 Municipality of Mexicali provided the necesary veterinary medical attention in the facilities of the Forest and Zoological of the City, to a Cimarron “bighorn” sheep that was rescued by representatives of the Federal Office of Environmental Protection. The Director of the Forest and Zoo of the City of Mexicali, José Luís García Chavira, indicated that after receiving the Cimarron ram, the staff immediately coordinated actions to stabilize and hydrate the emblematic specimen, which remains in a refrigerated area. He explained that the animal was found in serious condition by pedestrians, showing lacerations in different parts of the body, and its situation is delicate, taking in consideration the specimen’s old age. Garcia Chavira, said that if it continues to show signs of recovery, tomorrow the ram will be transferred to another area of ​​the City Forest, which is more similar to its natural habitat. Finally the Director of the Forest and Zoo of the City reiterated that one of the main functions of the municipal area is the conservation and care of natural species, so special attention will be paid to this particular case. Source: 22 Municipality of...