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Gulf of California

The Gulf of California is a 700-mile long narrow sea nestled between Baja and mainland Mexico, and is one of the world's richest and youngest seas. The Gulf is home to more than 800 species of fish, 2,000 invertebrates, as well as whales, dolphins, sea turtles, sea lions and the critically endangered vaquita porpoise. The vaquitas and other marine life are under threat from overfishing and net entanglements, but progress is in the works. Several nonprofits have been educating local fisheries on safely removing animals that become caught in fishing nets, and have been adopting new gear that prevents bycatching all together.

Protected Species

Dolphins Sea Lions and Vaquita Porpoise Sea Turtles Whales
Gulf of California
\"The photographs seen on this page were obtained by the Mission Blue Expeditions team. They have visited Hope Spots around the world, documenting these vibrant marine environments and engaging local stakeholders to protect them. Led by Dr. Sylvia Earle and Expeditions Director Kip Evans, these voyages explore our most critical ocean habitats and are designed to create awareness, foster partnerships and build broad public support for the creation of marine protected areas across the globe.\"

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