Posted by: Waheeda Harris | May 25, 2012

Discovered by science

Although for many of us we think of Baja, Mexico as an all inclusive winter holiday place, for a few, this is one of the premiere places to do research.

Visiting La Paz, Baja, my guide was proud to show me a new statue on the malecon of scientist / marine biologist Jacques Cousteau.

An explorer and researcher of the oceans in the 1960s and 1970s, Cousteau spent a lot of time on Baja, proclaiming La Paz’s Sea of Cortez the aquarium of the world.

With the ability for many to see whales, sea lions, dolphins, fish and many migratory birds on Baja, its led many of the world’s scientists to follow in Cousteau’s footsteps and come here to see wildlife in action.

I wasn’t surprised to see Cousteau’s legacy continue, with the world realizing how precious flora and fauna are – and was glad to hear about the establishment of a marine research laboratory in 2009 in La Paz.

So when I gazed at the statue of Cousteau, shown in a wetsuit with his trusty camera on his shoulder, I remembered watching his documnetaries on television, amazed to see the creatures of the deep blue seas.

And now years later I was swimming and snorkeling in the Sea of Cortez, seeing what he had seen and happy to share it with as many people as I could – hoping the more I shared, the more people would care about it, go see it and want to preserve it.

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  1. Indeed, Jacques Cousteau called it the aquarium of the world! It’s incredible to take a glance to the countless species that inhabit this region! including 5 of the 7 species of sea turtles that exist all around the earth.

    • Its amazing – I’m glad I got to see this part of Mexico.


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