Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto just signed the paperwork that officially creates a marine park of enormous proportions just south of the Baja California peninsula. At nearly 60,000 square miles, it’s the largest marine park in North America.
The Revillagigedo Archipelago is a special place–about 250 miles southeast of Baja’s southern tip, it’s made up of four volcanic islands with an ecosystem so unique it’s sometimes called the Galapagos of North America. Whales, giant rays, turtles, and hundreds of different endemic species including migratory birds and lizards call the area home. Tuna and sierra (or mackerel for those north of the border) use the area as a breeding ground, and now the whole thing is under protection from fishing and development.