Whale Shark Holbox Island

The Domino” is how fishers at Holbox Island call the whale sharks for their peculiar skin pattern. Fishers recall sighting a whale shark was a good thing since they were able to catch abundant fish that swim with these huge animals. Before, elder fishers mention no one was really excited about whale sharks as today. Holbox is rapidly growing and increasing human development is modifying the natural landscapes. Thousands of tourists visit the place during the whale shark season and the island becomes overcrowd. Large amounts of trash and the increasing use of electricity for tourism activities are among some of the pressing issues Holbox is facing. Our research is documenting historical fishing sites on the island and how these have changed by human use.
“El Dominó”, es así como los pescadores de Isla Holbox llaman al tiburón ballena por su peculiar patrón de piel. Cuentan los pescadores de la isla que encontrar a un tiburón ballena era algo muy bueno ya que podían pescar a la diversidad de peces que nadaban a su alrededor. Los pescadores mencionan que antes el tiburón ballena no era una gran atracción como hoy en día. Miles de turistas viajan a Isla Holbox durante la temporada de tiburón ballena. Esto, asociado con el desarollo urbano acelerado de la isla, genera que en la región se presenten, entre otros problemas, el de contaminación y alteraciones en sus paisajes naturales. Actualmente nos encontramos investigando sitios históricos de pesca en la isla y cómo éstos han cambiado a través del tiempo.
Marcia MB Erick Higuera Igor Rubio Sara MOrales Silvia Salas The Rufford Foundation Holbox Viveroyumil Francisco Javier Cab Ku Chica Antele San Gabriel Área de Protección de Flora y Fauna Yum Balam Nadia Rubio


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