Wedged between the mainland of Mexico to the east and the Baja Peninsula to the west is the Gulf of California.
Described by French ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau as the world's aquarium
, the gulf supports an extraordinary diversity of marine life, which includes endangered marine turtles and dolphins, coral reefs and over 900 different fish species.
The waters are also an important breeding area for the world's largest animal, the blue whale
, and other whales such as fin, sperm, orca and humpback.
Safeguarding the gulf
But pressures from unsustainable tourism, development and commercial fishing are threatening the wildlife and the way of life for millions of people who depend on the sea for their livelihoods.
WWF is working to find a careful balance between meeting the needs of the local people and maintaining a healthy ecosystem
in Mexico’s Gulf of California through 3 priority areas: