Cancun, Mexico – July 2017
In the Cancun region of Mexico, whale sharks have become an increasingly popular summer tourist attraction, when hundreds of the ocean’s largest fish gather to feed. Individuals and families flock from all over the world to catch a glimpse of these gentle giants in their natural habitat.
Despite international protection status, and communities such as Cancun demonstrating that these animals are worth much more alive than dead, whale sharks are listed as an endangered species due to destructive human impacts such as overfishing and the global demand for shark fins. In 2016, their classification was escalated from threatened to endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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