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Conserving Baja’s Whale Sharks: A Path to Sustainable Tourism

Jacques Cousteau called the Sea of Cortez the “world’s aquarium.” Among the many diverse fish species in these protected waters off Baja California is the whale shark. This polka-dotted behemoth, weighing up to 34 tons, is a gentle filter feeder. It’s also an ecotourism draw, attracting lovers of marine wildlife excited for a chance to swim and snorkel alongside them. Eduardo Najera-Hillman, Coordinator of Seascapes for WWF Mexico, joins us to talk about the state-of-the-art work WWF-Mexico’s Oceans Team is doing to conserve this iconic shark, which is the world's biggest fish. He’ll discuss WWF's research in La Paz Bay and explain how a multidisciplinary approach is supporting the development of a truly sustainable tourism practice in the Gulf of California. Holding a PhD in Conservation Ecology, Eduardo is in charge of designing and implementing conservation actions to strengthen public policies at the national and international level for the protection of globally significant marine species and ecosystems, including white and whale sharks, humpback whales and hawksbill turtles, as well as mangroves and coral reefs.


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