A Brief Look into Magdalena Bay

“A breeding, adult sea turtle is the very embodiment of a long shot; it is the exception, not the rule. A jackpot. It is, in a very real sense, a miracle.”

That quote is an excerpt from Scott Gass’s description of the mating cycle of sea turtles, featured recently on TEDed.com:

At 81 square miles, Magdalena Bay is the largest wetlands ecosystem on the Pacific coast of Mexico’s Baja California. Not only does the bay act as a calving area for gray whales, it also serves as the feeding grounds for several endangered species of sea turtles.

The area faces challenges from pollution, overfishing, poaching and some unsustainable tourism activity.  Fortunately, Julio Solis founded Magdalena Baykeeper in 2005 to help preserve the ecosystem within the bay.

Do you know any interesting information about the Magdalena Bay area, or sea turtles in general? Let us know on Twitter using @PaceBaja and our course hashtag #PaceBaja.

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