View of a whale shark (Rhincodon typus) at the Sea of Cortez in the Gulf of California, Baja California, Mexico during watching season on October 13, 2016. The whale shark is considered an endangered species. / AFP / RICARDO VALENZUELA (Photo credit should read RICARDO VALENZUELA/AFP/Getty Images)

Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto designated North America’s largest ocean reserve, Revillagigedo Archipelago, as a national park. The designation will protect more than 57,000 square miles of ocean teeming with 37 species of sharks and rays, four species of threatened sea turtles, and 366 species of fish, 26 of which can be found only in this part of the world.
Peña Nieto officially created the Revillagigedo Archipelago National Park on Friday, which protects the reserve from all forms of fishing, mining, and construction of new hotels on the islands. “With this decision, Mexico has become a world leader in marine conservation and joins the list of countries that are increasing their protected marine area,” Nora Torres of the Coalition for the Defense of the Seas of Mexico told Newsweek in an email.
View of a whale shark (Rhincodon typus) at the Sea of Cortez in the Gulf of California, Baja California, Mexico, during …
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