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Bay of La Paz “natural nursery” for whale sharks

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Scientists view the bay of La Paz as a unique breeding place for whale sharks and their young reports Dr Denis Ramirez, Director of the Whale Shark Mexico, at the Center for Biological Research of the Northwest (CIBNOR),


Whilst young sharks can be found “growing to maturity” all along the Gulf of California, it is only in the waters around Isla de Espiritu, Los Cabos and Bahia de Los Angeles that pregnant females and very young 4m calves can be seen.  


What helps make the Sea of Cortez so ideal for breeding is the combination of shallow to deeper waters. Allowing the young to stay in shallow waters, safe from predators. So in effect, the area acts almost like a natural “nursery” for the species.


Dr Ramirez points out that the added economic benefits that this natural phenomena brings to Baja California Sur makes it a very privileged place.

Photo by Segio Garcia

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