This PostandFly video explores the islands of San Jose, San Francisco and Espiritu Santo. The Sea of Cortés (Gulf of California) is the body of water that separates the Baja California Peninsula from the Mexican mainland. The Sea of Cortés is thought to be one of the most diverse seas on the planet, and is home to more than 5,000 species of micro-invertebrates. A large part of the Sea of Cortés is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Several rivers feed the Sea of Cortés, including the Colorado, Fuerte and Yaqui. The Sea of Cortés has more than 300 estuaries and other wetlands on its shores, of which the delta of the Colorado River is especially important. The vast reduction in the Colorado’s flow has negatively impacted wetlands and fisheries.
Previous Geo-Mexico posts on this area of Mexico include:
- Map of Baja California Peninsula
- How sustainable is commercial fishing in northwest Mexico?
- Mexico’s pearl collection industry: from boom to bust in less than 100 years
- Colorado River delta returning to life
- World’s smallest porpoise on brink of extinction (Jul 2016)
- Overfishing in Mexico’s Sea of Cortés (Gulf of California) (Mar 2011)
- Puerto Peñasco, Sonora, becoming Mexico’s first home port for cruise ships (May 2015)