The Revillagigedo Archipelago is a biodiversity hotspot

Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) off the coast of Revillagigedo Islands near Mexico (C) Pelagic Life

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Last month’s decision by the Mexican government to declare a fully protected marine reserve around the Revillagigedo Archipelago was truly historic.  Teeming with life found nowhere else on the planet, this biodiversity hotspot is now completely protected from fishing and other extractive activities.

Here are just a selection of some of the incredible animals that can be found there.

Bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) swim together in ‘pods’ in the waters around the Revillagigedo Archipelago off the coast of Mexico (c) Pelagic Life

 

Silky sharks (Carcharhinus falciformis) gather each spring to mate off Roca Partida in the Revillagigedo Archipelago (c) Pelagic Life

 

A group of sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus) approaches a bait ball near the Revillagigedo Archipelago (c) Pelagic Life

 

A Manta Ray in the waters of the Revillagigedo Islands off the coast of Mexico (c) Pelagic Life

 

Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) off the coast of Revillagigedo Islands near Mexico (c) Pelagic Life

 

Silky sharks (Carcharhinus falciformis), gather in big schools around Roca Partida Island as part of their mating rituals around the Revillagigedo Archipelago (c) Pelagic Life

 

 

 

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