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This past May 8th, we stood up for Cabo Pulmo, defending the world’s most successful marine reserve. But as  our spokesman the iconic Hijo del Santo stood up to speak, a former high-ranking government official and a group of assailants ambushed him.

Ironically, what should have been a simple public appearance to plea for the conservation of a coral reef turned into a huge media spectacle and controversy
in Mexico. Ultimately, the Mexican government sided with El Santo and WILDCOAST, protecting Cabo Pulmo’s stunning and world-class coral reef. They refused permits to Chinese state companies that were proposing to build a mega-resort with 400,000 inhabitants adjacent to the fragile reef.

In August, we traveled to Oaxaca in Southern Mexico with our iconic hero to spend the night guarding sea turtle nests from poachers and raising awareness of the ongoing need to protect sea turtles and their eggs. In October, he inaugurated a photo exhibit in Mexico’s Senate on Baja’s majestic Islands of the Pacific. Clearly, there is no better advocate for the coast and ocean than El Hijo del Santo. Thank you Santo for your leadership in working with WILDCOAST to preserve our treasures of the sea and for being one of the world’s most effective voices for our coast and ocean.