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Cabo Pulmo Expedition recap from Mission Blue

Explorers Club Member Patty Elkus MN ’13 has just posted a recap of the latest expedition from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, “Cabo Pulmo – A work in progress and a cautionary tale for the planet.” Led by Dr. Octavio Aburto and carrying flag #221, the expedition also included 2014 Explorers Medal recipient Dr. Walter Munk and his wife Mary, SIO/Birch Aquarium Executive Director Dr. Nigella Hillgarth, Dr. Giuseppe di Notobartolo, and Explorers Club Fellow Rick Elkus LF ‘11.

Their mission, as described by Elkus, was “to study the jumping behavior of Munk’s Devil Ray or Mobula munkiana. Named after Dr. Munk 30 years prior, by his then graduate student Giuseppe, these rays exhibit an unusual behavior that warrants further investigation. They burst high out of the water during their mass migrations. We were honored to be in Cabo Pulmo with Dr. Munk to investigate, Why they jump?’”

The Scripps Institution of Oceanography Expedition Team with Club Flag #221

Dr. Walter Munk returning Flag #221 to President Alan Nichols, with VP of Flag & Honors Constance Difede, Dr. Octavio Aburto and Club Medalist Dr. Sylvia Earle at the 2014 Explorers Club Annual Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria

The piece also covers the human element behind Cabo Pulmo, and the ongoing preservation efforts of the Castro family to maintain this natural wonder. Mission Blue is mounting a return expedition with Dr. Sylvia Earle, Sept. 24-29th.  For more information contact Kip Evans. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 831-601-9402.

Munk’s Devil Ray or “Mobula munkiana.” Photo (c) Octavio Aburto
Inset: Munk’s Devil Ray bursting high out of the water. Photo (c) Octavio Aburto

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