Flase Killer Whale Population and Movements

Colossal false killer whales, dark grey and a Little smaller then Orcas, visit us in winter and usually stays until spring. Although we have seen it in August. Considered as one of the top predators, it is very important to know its population status, in order to learn if its presence could be considered as indicative of the health of the ecosystem. It forms groups of up to 50 individuals, its whistles are heard out of the water, they eat tuna and bonito, and mix with other dolphins. We have seen them with their little calves. We are compiling a photographic catalog ...

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Whale Shark Aggregations

The waters of Quintana Roo, with the largest aggregation of whale sharks described, have up to 400 animals together during the summer to feed on plankton and fish eggs. Ch'ooj Ajauil AC (Blue Realm), recognizes this phenomenon as an important element and superlative, to be considered in UNESCO lists, but we still have several unanswered questions: where do whale sharks come from? Where do they go? Why do these aggregations happen? Where and when do they occur? To obtain answers Ch'ooj Ajauil AC (Blue Kingdom), we continue studying this seasonal aggregation, using both ...

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Biology and Behavior of Manta

The charismatic Manta ray is also present with large individual numbers in the Blue Kingdom area; we have counted up to 450 mantas from the air. We have followed them through satellite, acoustic and photographic tracking devices. We have started genetic studies to determine the possible existence of a third species. Now, in 2018, we will continue observations and detailed records to describe and understand their behavior. The documentation by means of photography and video will be fundamental to obtain estimates of the population and to know its total length, sex ratio, ...

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Feeding Mechanisms and Speed of Sailfish

The population of sailfish in the north of Quintana Roo is subject to sport and commercial fishing and to tourist use through the extreme sport of swimming while they are “hunting” the big bait balls. Considered one of the most prized trophies in sport fishing and, in some cases, sacrificed for taxidermy. It is very important to obtain real and updated estimates of the population that occurs in these waters, to know its status and to determine a sustainable use of the species considered as a natural resource. Simultaneously, we intend to use high-speed video-re...

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