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These Giant Manta Rays Just Want to Hang Out

How would you like to hop in the water with a giant sea creature that can grow almost 25 feet across and weigh up to two tons? For marine biologist and National Geographic grantee Joshua Stewart, it’s all in a day’s work. He has a soft spot for giant oceanic manta rays and is fighting to protect these gentle giants.

Tech-Savvy Teenage Girls Are the Camera-Trap Pros in This Mexican Community

Fernanda wouldn’t look out of place hanging out with a group of high-schoolers at a suburban mall in southern California, but instead she’s leading a group of thirty people into a remote cloud forest in southern Jalisco to look for large, predatory felines.

Raven’s Perspective: Photos of a Science Expedition to the Sea of Cortez

Pat Raven shares photographs she made on the recent field inspection by the National Geographic Committee for Research and Exploration along the shores of the Sea of Cortez, Mexico. An accomplished photographer and a professional botanist, Raven is also spouse and travel companion to Peter Raven, chairman of the CRE and president emeritus of the Missouri Botanical Garden. The two doctors Raven have traveled much of the world together, including on more than a dozen CRE field trips.

Brink of Extinction: A Technological Approach to Saving the Last Vaquita Porpoises

San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico — In the silty blue waters of the northern Sea of Cortez, off the coast of the small fishing town of San Felipe, lives the smallest and rarest marine mammal in the world. Vaquita marina, whose name loosely translates to “little cow of the sea,” is a member of the…

Life in the Gulf of California Hope Spot

The Gulf of California, a 700-mile narrow sea between Baja and mainland Mexico, is home to over 800 species of fish, 2000 invertebrates, as well as whales, dolphins, sea turtles and sea lions. The area includes 256,000 hectares of mangroves, 600,000 hectares of wetlands and 70 percent of Mexican fisheries. Simply put, this area is one of…