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Sea Turtle Egg Poachers Arrested

Villagers from La Escobilla beach informed the representative in Mexico of the UN for the environment (UNDP), Dolores Barrientos, that the sale of turtle eggs has dropped in the area because there are no buyers. This official toured the coast of Oaxaca during the weekend to promote the elimination of plastic; In his activities he…
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Casquito de Vallarta, Newly Discovered Species of Turtle

JALISCO .- "Casquito de Vallarta" is very vulnerable to disappear due to the urban growth of Puerto Vallarta, since its distribution is reduced. The body, which barely goes beyond the palm of a hand, abandons its inert state. It recognizes its habitat in a stream in Puerto Vallarta, where it begins to walk among the leaf litter,…
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Alaska Airlines Introduces New Rules

As of May 1st, Alaska Airlines is imposing some new rules governing your taking your support animals with you in the cabin. These new policies are being initiated worldwide as a result of numerous incidents of airline employees and some customers being bitten, both on-board the aircraft and in the terminals. Starting May 1, customers…
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Isla Isabel, a Natural Sanctuary

Isla Isabel, a natural sanctuary March 15, 2018   Isla Isabel is a nature sanctuary in Nayarit located in the municipality of Santiago Ixcuintla about 70 kilometers off the coast of San Blas in the Riviera Nayarit. Its subaquatic volcanic origin was believed to have taken place some three thousand years ago.…
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MEXI-CAN Vet Project and JBAR Complete Another Clinic

Another joint clinic with the JBAR association and the MEXI-CAN Vet Project is completed. During the past almost 15 year tenure of JBAR, there have been 27 spay and neuter clinics. There have been 7,375 animals neutered. Can you even imagine how many stray animals we would be dealing in our area if JBAR and other clinics were not…
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A Memorable Wednesday and Week at J.E.E.P.

George and Loretta hosted another great Wednesday outing for the special needs children, this time, from Las Varas. Complete with a lunch made by Loretta and lots of time riding the rescue horses and playing with the other rescue animals (cats and dogs) at the refugio. This has become a Wednesday tradition for these very appreciative…
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Galapagos of North America

This area, that just earned the designation of a national park, and is already being referred to as the Galpagos of North America, and consists of over 57,000 square miles (148,000 square km). All fishing will be prohibited as well as construction of any hotels on any of the four islands included in the area. This protection will be…

The Vaquitas May Be Doomed For Extinction

The rescue efforts to save the tiny Vaquita porpoise from extinction have been terminated by Semarnat, the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources. The few Vaquita that were captured did not survive, so the efforts were abandoned with the estimated number still surviving in the Gulf of California, it's only habitat, at approximately…
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Efforts To Restore the Vaquita Porpoise Population Continues

The ever-smiling Vaquita porpoises really have nothing to smile about. Their habitat, which is solely in the Gulf of California, has been over fished by local fishermen who catch the Vaquita by mistake in their nets. Their estimated population has declined to between 30 and 40 porpoises.  Now with the assistance from the U.S. Navy…
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Why Do Dogs Follow You Into The Bathroom?

Having a loyal pup... in the household certainly ensures an incredible amount of love from dog to owner, in a true “man’s best friend” fashion. Understanding your dog is fairly easy and it’s not hard to understand your pup wants to give you some delightful bits of love with kisses, but dogs can often behave in a more subtle manner…
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The Riviera Nayarit: A Sea Turtle Sanctuary

Approximately one million hatchlings are released every season in the 13 different turtle camps located all along the five coastal towns of the Riviera Nayarit.  The Riviera Nayarit is a Sea Turtle Sanctuary with turtle camps located in Nuevo Vallarta, Carreyeros, Sayulita, San Pancho, Lo de Marcos, Punta Raza, El Naranjo, Boca de…
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I Wanna Be An Iguana

This is Iggy, our resident iguana, making whoopee on the roof after jumping down from one roof, running across the fence top and then making a flying leap on to the other roof. I just got this closeup shot from Condos Casa Rey, where we stay in Los Ayala.tutorial android What a surprise when I went to take his picture –…
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Breaching Humpback Whale

Guests on the Gilligan's Island Party Cruise, a fundraiser for the streets of Los Ayala, were treated to the spectacular site of breaching Humpback whales. Yes, you should've been there!Photographed off the coast of Chacala, February 2012.by Christina Stobbs Click here to view more Photos of the Week This photo was submitted…

Flying Manta Rays

Earlier this season, a group of us set out on a day trip to the secret beach at the Marieta Islands. We hired Salvador in Rincón de Guayabitos to take us. While en route to the islands, we did some whale watching until the captain spotted some splashing going on. We headed that way to explore and got a chance…

Iguanas, Come on Down!

I was motivated to write this follow-up article after reading “The Almost Invisible Iguana” by Conrad Stenton from Midland Ontario in last week’s Jaltemba Bay Life newsletter. Having observed the iguanas close up for a few years, we have learned a few interesting facts about them. Yes, they are almost invisible to the untrained…
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The Almost Invisible Iguana

While looking for the crocodile in the marshy area near the entrance to Rincón de Guayabitos, I was fascinated to find some very camouflaged iguanas. It was my first time seeing iguanas in the wild and I was amazed at how difficult they are to see with their camouflage outfits. Someone told me they are often on the top of…

Crocodiles up Close at "Cocodrilos del Nayar" near La Peñita

Crocodiles are not only native to Mexico, they are prolific along the Nayarit coast including the fishing villages of Rincon de Guayabitos, La Peñita and La Colonia. Here, crocodiles thrive in the warm and balmy climate eating the tropical plants and sea-life that inhabit the fresh or salt water marshes along the inland waterways. According…

The Humpbacks are Back!

Every year, the humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) choose the Riviera Nayarit for a little R&R. They generally arrive towards the end of October, led by the “explorer,” a mature male that appears a few weeks before the rest of the pod to scope out the area, emitting a series of complex sounds that can be heard by the other…
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"Jaltemba" the Hawksbill Returns to Guayabitos

"Jaltemba," the juvenile Hawksbill turtle that divers rescued in April 2012, made her way back to the Bay of Jaltemba and Rincón de Guayabitos this past Thursday, September 12, 2013. A fisherman happened to catch Jaltemba in his net just off Isla Coral. He immediately noticed the tracking device and contacted Vicente Peña from Red…

The Exotic Tejon (Coatimundi)

It was a Sunday morning of BEAUTY. I picked up my good friend and headed to the Flamingos Resort in Bucerias. We were joining more friends for a lovely Champagne Brunch at El Tigre. I drove around the corner, and there standing by the side of the road was a TEJON. We call them Coatimundis (pronounced ko-WAH-ti-MUN-dees). I stopped the…
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Releasing Sea Turtles in Rincón de Guayabitos is an Experience of a Lifetime

I will never forget the first time I released a baby sea turtle. It was magical. It was back in October 2004, and we had just moved into our newly remodeled home in Rincón de Guayabitos a few weeks earlier. We had finished dinner and as we were about to leave the restaurant, the owner whom we had known for many years, showed us a styrofoam…

Whale Watching Season Starts December 3rd

Riviera Nayarit attracts hundreds of Humpback Whales along the entire coast of Mexico’s Pacific Treasure every year, including Jaltemba Bay. The annual whale migration from the cold waters of Alaska brings them as far down as the coasts of Riviera Nayarit where they procreate and raise their young in the warm waters of Banderas Bay.…

Wildlife Encounters in Jaltemba Bay

Check your shoes for scorpions... and while you're at it, check your hat, too! Everyone tells you this, and most of us do it at least a couple of times before we become lazy, having not found or seen a scorpion, so we quit looking and stopped banging our footwear. Well let me tell you that it is good advice that should be religiously…
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What do a Hawksbill Turtle, the Bay of Jaltemba and the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation have in common?

You might remember our recent story about "Jaltemba" the Hawksbill turtle being released back into the Bay of Jaltemba. Well, just when you think the story couldn't get any more interesting, it does. The article below was published by George Mason University a few days ago. It explains how Alonso Aguirre, the executive director of the…
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Surviving the Summer in Jaltemba Bay - The Rewards & Challenges

For me, the rainy season brings both rewards and challenges, some of which I shall recount here... You be the Judge and decide which is which. Let's begin with the glorious greening of the surrounding countryside, the cooling off effect of the rains (as temporary as that is), and the re-emergence of a number of unusual critters. Speaking…
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"Jaltemba" the Hawksbill is Released in Guayabitos

Jaltemba, the juvenille Hawksbill turtle that divers rescued back in April, was successfully released this past Sunday, July 22 after surgery and months of rehabilitation. Before being released, she was fitted with a satellite transmitter. Jaltemba is the first turtle to receive a transmitter in the state of Nayarit, which will allow…
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Mound of Mud in a Gringo Tree

When my husband and I have friends up to our casa near El Tonino for the first time, after admiring the view, the first two questions they inevitably ask are, “why is that pile of mud in a tree” and “what kind of tree is that?” The answers are simple, but each one has a story attached. The answer to the first question…
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"Jaltemba" the Hawksbill: One Month after Her Rescue

Jaltemba, the juvenile Hawksbill turtle, has certainly caught the attention of residents and tourists in the Jaltemba Bay area since becoming caught on a fishing line a month ago. (Note: I refer to Jaltemba as female here, however we do not know what sex the turtle is.) In the last update on Jaltemba, we had just received the permits…
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Juvenile Hawksbill Turtle Rescued Off Shore in Rincón de Guayabitos

On Monday, April 30 divers rescued a juvenile Hawksbill turtle off the Bay of Jaltemba. Because "Jaltemba" has a hook embedded deep in her throat, Vicente Peña from Los Grupos Ecologistas de Nayarit and M. en C. Catherine Hart from Red Tortuguera A.C. had to get permission to transport her to Guasave, Sinaloa for treatment at the CIIDIR-IPN…
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Iridescent Bug in My Garden

This lovely, large (about 1.5 inches long) and iridescent bug caught my eye as it quickly flew into one of my flowers several weeks ago. It was moving about quite erratically and I only managed to snap this one photo of it. If you think you may know what it is, please post below.

An Incredible Whale of a Rescue Story

On December the 29th 2011, three friends and us went out fishing in four different boats: Jaime Barragan in his boat “Poca Madre” with his son Jaimillo and a friend of him Nahum. Humberto Mendoza in his panga “Freedom” with his wife Jani and her 8 year old nephew, Emiliano. Mario Mucharraz by himself in his boat “Makaira”…
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Afternoon Siesta: Iguana-Style

I had yet to capture a great shot of a Green Iguana on camera… until now. I spotted this little guy sunning himself in our courtyard earlier today. Lucky for him, the pups didn’t see him. And lucky for me, he waited while I ran upstairs to grab my camera. Here is another shot after he woke up… …
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Monster in the Zona

One afternoon in June when David and I were driving through the Residential Zone in Guayabitos, we spotted an enormous male Green Iguana sunning himself along Flamingos. This big boy was the largest Iguana we had seen up close and personal in a long time. He must have measured in at a good 4-5 feet long including his tail. We have seen…
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Smiling Green Iguana

Photo by Christina Stobbs. Originally published in “Magical Moments” on Magical Los Ayala. …
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Peek-a-Boo

Photo of a shy baby green iguana peeking over the edge of a roof top. Originally published in “Magical Moments” on Magical Los Ayala. …