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Neither Godzilla Nor The Megalodon; They Are Sea Rays Jumping Out of The Water in Mexican Beaches; Mexico
Neither Godzilla Nor The Megalodon; They Are Sea Rays Jumping Out of The Water in Mexican Beaches; Mexico

Neither Godzilla nor the Megalodon: Mexico Marine Fauna

Neither Godzilla nor the Megalodon: Mexico Marine Fauna

Mexico Marine Faune. Let’s not Exaggerate. Like Every Beach, You Have To Be Aware of What’s Swimming There.

Ah! Mexico. I’ll never forget it, my dear Magno followers. It was February 2016. I was making my first exploration and documentation blogging tour of the Bahías de Huatulco, Oaxaca state.

The marine tour left from the “Santa Cruz” dock in Bahías de Huatulco.

This amazing tour took me to enjoy Oaxaca’s state exquisite, exotic, and paradisiacal state coast. This coast sees Mexico‘s Pacific Ocean providing the Riviera Oaxaca with refreshing waters that bathe these majestic, divine, and unique Oaxaca’s lands.

 

Neither Godzilla Nor The Megalodon; They Are Sea Rays Jumping Out of The Water in Mexican Beaches; Mexico
Neither Godzilla Nor The Megalodon; They Are Sea Rays Jumping Out of The Water in Mexican Beaches; Mexico

Around 3.00 PM, the catamaran arrived at the “Bahía Maguey,” where several typical restaurants offered tasty Oaxaca’s state and Mexican dishes.

By the way, such a copious and delicious culinary session I had there. A great mealtime with a splendid sea view in front of the visitor’s eyes.

When most of my tour traveling mates finished eating at the restaurants, some of us decided to take an afternoon walk along the alluring beach there.

Exquisite after-meal dessert session for smooth digestion.

Over there, a traveling companion who was visiting Oaxaca from the Canary Islands, Spain, together with his Mexican girlfriend, had an unfortunate encounter with a tiny marine specimen.

He was walking barefoot on the wet sand very close where the small sea waves broke up. What an exquisite sensation.

And, suddenly, Wham!!! He felt a small sting on his left foot sole. What happened? Nothing to call doctor Gregory House at all.

A baby stingray buried itself just below the wet sand surface that was barely bathed by those small sea waves that reached the Bahía Maguey shore.

Fortunately, nothing serious happened to our visiting friend in Mexico.

This way, I shockingly learned that it’s necessary to keep your eyes wide open when you walk barefoot to see what is swimming (or playing) in Mexican beaches.

Wearing some protective beach footwear isn’t in excess at all.

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In this way, my Magno friends, please don’t be terrified at all. If you saw a shark with excessive hunger molesting sea lovers in the movie “Jaws,” here in Mexico, you won’t have such an unpleasant sea experience.

Nothing similar has ever happened here in Mexico, and much less, Megalodons, Godzillas, and their nasty evildoer associates, are looking for their breakfast by eating our dear visitors in Mexico.

Having said that, I list down some Mexico’s paradise beach waters marine species you may see lurking around here.

 

Stingrays

 

It’s precisely here, in the northern hemisphere, where these gracious swimming species find in Mexico its home. In winter, mother stingrays come to the Bahías de Huatulco rocky outcrops to bear their young.

No, It's Not Godzilla Nor The Megalodon, It's Only a Stingray in Mexico
No, It’s Not Godzilla Nor The Megalodon, It’s Only a Stingray in Mexico

So, what do you think junior stingrays do as soon as they are born?

Well, they like to swim very happily, to show their mums they know how to live in the water and reach the beach without any itch.

Sometimes these youngsters bury themselves in the beach shallow areas, where some tourists usually walk barefoot.

In this way, it’s not superfluous for you, as I previously warned lines above, to wear protective footwear that help you cover your bare-feet soles.

Yes, I know that walking barefoot on wet sand is an exquisite pleasure. However, sometimes you need to pay additional attention to the meters (or yards) ahead.

And, I do sometimes understand you struggle inside your mind when you think: Hey, I’m just walking barefoot here! What could happen to me here? I’m not wearing any footwear at all!

Well, some wisdom and prudence need a call from time to time.

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Sea Lice

 

These small animals, almost invisible to the human eye, come to appear sporadically in Mexican Caribbean sea waters in the summer.

Neither Godzilla Nor The Megalodon; They Are Sargassum Branches Where Sea Lice May Come; Tulum, Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo State, Mexico
Neither Godzilla Nor The Megalodon; They Are Sargassum Branches Where Sea Lice May Come; Tulum, Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo State, Mexico

I had an experience in my own flesh some years ago.

My sister was swimming with your Magno blogger in Tulum’s turquoise waters close to this Quintana Roo state’s archaeological site.

We swam and enjoyed a great time there.

However, a couple of hours later, my sister showed some small bites on her skin, which were neither dangerous nor toxic, nor did they put her health at risk.

She showed no signs of sickness or any serious injury at all. Yet, they were visible on her chest. She only experienced some itch, but that was all.

When we went to a pharmacy in downtown Cancún, the specialist there told us that they were small sea lice bites. These tiny friends usually “navigate” in sargassum algae (seaweed) twigs floating adrift.

Do You See Those Tiny Sargassum Branches Coming in The Wave Well, Some Sea Lice May Travel There; Mexico
Do You See Those Tiny Sargassum Branches Coming in The Wave Well, Some Sea Lice May Travel There; Mexico

These marine flora twigs are released from the coral reef, which runs in front of Tulum’s beaches.

This way, if an enthusiast swimmer runs into some seaweed floating twigs, these sea lice may come there and leave their signatures on their skins.

Hence, before you go for a good swim at some Mexican beaches close to coral reef barriers, like the one in Mexico’s Caribbean seaside, please bear in mind some undesirable tiny “stowaway” folks may come with that natural floating residue.

 

Starfish

 

Another Magno experience. It was the year 2015 when I made my second documentation and blogging trip to the Riviera Maya.

I had a delightful visual staring experience at the beautiful starfish on the beach of “Punta Nizuc” and some other surrounding beaches in those paradisiacal lands.

No, It's Not Godzilla Nor The Megalodon, It's Only a Starfish in Mexico
No, It’s Not Godzilla Nor The Megalodon, It’s Only a Starfish in Mexico

At that moment, I had the chance to recognize at least ten different starfish species, which were lying placidly on the beach, receiving the Cancún’s turquoise waters soft pounding.

All of them without any sorrow resting on the sand.

Some of them were somewhat small, others, so to speak, medium-sized. Right there, I learned another lesson that is worth commenting on.

Looking at the walking distance ahead to know where to tread safely and not disturb these fantastic sea creatures that share the planet with us, human beings, is a fantastic and conscious Mother Nature’s caring act.

This action is a desirable attitude that an awakened-mind, considered visitor, may leave as a “souvenir” of their visit.

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The last one and I’m off. And, this did happen to me. I was lying on the beach receiving the Punta Cancún’s’ beach waves caresses back in 2010.

Then after, I was on the mood for walking through the small bay that embraces Punta Cancún beach.

I was about 20 meters (21.87 yards) walking on the beachfront, and What do you think I felt on the bottom of my right foot sole?

No, It's Not Godzilla Nor The Megalodon, It's Only Two Starfish in Mexico
No, It’s Not Godzilla Nor The Megalodon, It’s Only Two Starfish in Mexico

I said to myself: It’s a rock. I proceeded then to bend down and pick it up because this “rock” could hurt any vacationer.

What was my surprise that what I had stepped on wasn’t an ordinary stone made of coral residues, but a hermit crab’s shell.

On that occasion, I had no injury to my foot, but I learned that it’s not in excess to wear sometimes proper footwear.

And you, my Magno readers, have you noticed your beach’s surroundings way ahead?

Please take care where you walk to avoid crushing a little and poor sea creature that wasn’t its fault to be there at that moment.

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