Every winter, the Eagle Ray migrates to warmer waters, and what better scenario than the waters of Cancun. This gives us the opportunity to see hundreds of eagle rays in their natural habitat.
The last 2 weeks we have been working with Blue Core, Marino Mote and Eco Sur in the protection and documentation of the life and migration of the eagle ray.
Marino Mote It is a research laboratory and they have a new conservation project in which the reproduction, population numbers and life history of the eagle ray are investigated to have information and to help conservation.
The Eagle Ray is a protected species in Florida, but elsewhere, it is not. That leaves this beloved Eagle Ray species unprotected and vulnerable. In Florida, it is highly illegal to fish, kill or capture the Eagle Ray, but unfortunately they are not protected by federal laws or international conservation programs.
Seeking the preservation of the Eagle Ray
The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) establishes species conservation statutes around the world, and Eagle rays are listed as a threatened species with a decline in population.
Eagle Rays are collected in Cuba and Mexico, coupled with this low reproduction rate make the ray vulnerable and on the verge of extinction.
This species has not been able to be protected since it does not know for sure: the growth rate, reproductive biology, migration patterns, feeding habits and distribution rates are poorly defined.
The IUCN project began in collaboration with the National Aquarium in Baltimore and has since expanded into a research program. Many companies around the world support this cause, including Disney, Save Our Seas Foundation, Aquaworld and many more!
Biologists are tagging and releasing Eagle rays in Florida and Cancun in order to gain a more advanced understanding of how they live, their habitat structure, migratory habits, and more.
Aerial and boat surveys have observed a sharp decrease in the number of migrating eagle rays, raising concerns regarding the status of the species.If you want to witness this fascinating spectacle of nature, you can take a place and enjoy of diving in this last week since the Eagle rays will return until next winter, do not miss this opportunity and enjoy this experience.