Sea of Cortez
The Sea of Cortez ...
... is that sparkling body of warm turquoise water that is host to such prolific marine life that Jacques Cousteau, the famous French diver and documentary filmmaker dubbed it both the "world's aquarium" and the "Galapagos of North America." Here you will see marlin, dolphin, whales, dorado, tuna, a variety of rays, sea lions and all kinds of ocean life. Also known as the Gulf of California, this body of water is world renown for ocean activities like sports fishing, scuba diving
and whale watching.
Although the Gulf of California was once primarily used for commercial fishing, the Los Cabos area (San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas) has been developed to into one of the premiere destinations in the world for sports fishing, especially with its big-purse marlin fishing tournaments, like Bisbees
. While sports fishing
has put Cabo on the map, in recent years, mexican officials and conservationists have become concerned about over fishing and encouraged catch-and-release (which is also supported by the boat captains) to preserve dwindling numbers of marlin and other varieties of ocean life.
The Sea of Cortez juts like a long finger that divides the Baja Peninsula from mainland Mexico and edges four states: Baja California Norte, Baja California Sur, Sonora and Sinaloa. What is most unusual are the areas where the desert landscape of Mexico touches azure waters and the beach is actually dotted with cactus.
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