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Isla Mujeres Whale Shark Festival and Conference

Tuesday, July 15 – Sunday, July 19, 2009

is the Whale Shark Festival, held in Isla Mujeres (an island in the Mexican Caribbean a short ferry ride from Cancun) where the world’s largest groups of whale sharks have been found. A variety of events will engage community participation, including scientific presentations, and research with “citizen science” components.

From the Whale Shark Festival website:

In addition to celebrating the beauty of Isla Mujeres, the Whale Shark Festival is a concerted effort to raise awareness of the need to preserve the area’s marine ecosystem.  It is part of the second largest barrier reef on the planet, and serves as the nursery of the Caribbean and the migratory path of whale sharks as well as sea turtles, water foul and game fishes.

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