Mexican Seas | Mares Mexicanos

A Conservation Story in Photographs

Mexican Seas | Mares Mexicanos takes visitors on an intimate photographic journey to four unique biodiversity hotspots in Mexican waters and offers stunning views of the marine life that thrives in these marine protected areas.

This exhibit features the awe-inspiring photography and fascinating research of Octavio Aburto, assistant professor of marine ecology at the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Dr. Abrurto’s photographs, and the corresponding conservation stories, capture "the art of science" and seek to inspire ocean stewardship.

Mexican Seas | Mares Mexicanos was generously funded by Rick and Patty Elkus so that all may be inspired to be good ocean stewards and protect wild places.

Mexican Seas

Did you know? 

  • Cabo Pulmo, a national marine park on the east coast of Mexico’s Baja California Peninsula, is a spectacular reserve with unparallelled biodiversity. Today, it  protects more than 800 species of marine animals, many of which are featured in the exhibit. 
  • Octavio Aburto’s photographs have been part of several conservation projects worldwide and have won international photography contests. 

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