Diving in “the Aquarium of the World”

Diving Isla Carmen, Baja California Sur

This summer we have been told numerous times how lucky we are to have The Loreto National Marine Park as our diving playground.  The Sea of Cortez is known for its abundant wildlife.  Unfortunately as the population grows so does the pressure on fish populations.  Here within the protection of the park we definitely see more fish, rays, and other wildlife than out of the park.  This summer we’ve encountered spotted eagle rays, sea horses, nudibranchs, turtles, guitar sharks, and massive schools of barracuda and other schooling fish.  When snorkeling out of the park boundaries we still see amazing creatures, but not nearly in the same numbers.  Those folks are right, we are very lucky to have a National Marine Park outside our front door, and its wonderful to see the results of their efforts.

Photos: Barry Russel