Mexico is the center of focus right now for marine life spotters,lovers and
In Baja California on the Pacific Ocean,thousands of gray
whales have started their migration. In the Gulf of Mexico,sightings of killer
whales have finally been confirmed. And in Isla Mujeres,on the Caribbean Sea,a
Whale Shark Festival has been announced to celebrate the beautiful
Gray whales in Baja California have long drawn crowds of marine
tourists as they make their regular 5,000 mile trek north to the fertile summer
feeding grounds of the Chukchi and Bering seas. Happy visitors to Mexico this
year have already enjoyed incredible sightings of these massive majestic marine
mammals,which can reach a weight of 36 tons and an age of 50–60
In the Gulf of Mexico,reports of hundreds of killer whales were
met with disbelief last year. The beautiful black and white whales - also known
as orcas and made famous by the movie Free Willy - usually only live in colder
waters where they eat seals.
But last week,a US government biologist,
Keith Mullin,confirmed in a news agency report that yes,contrary to common
perceptions,killer whales really do live in the Gulf of Mexico,far from
The third type of whale making the headline is in fact a shark - a
type of fish,not mammal. The whale sharks seen in the summer around Isla
Mujeres are the largest living fish species and can grow up to 40 feet (12.2
meters) in length and weigh up to 15 tons (13,607 kilograms).
festival celebrating them and showcasing local achievements,traditions and
environmental splendor will be held July 1-5,2009. Lucky visitors will get the
chance to swim with these graceful creatures and join a unique worldwide effort
to protect them by adding their snaps to the special ECOCEAN international Whale
Shark Photo Identification Library Project.
For more information visit the Whale
Shark Festival website.