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“Bluefin: The Pacific Tuna” Makes a Splash at Caracol Science Museum in Ensenada

Last Thursday afternoon, the Caracol Science Museum in Ensenada had its soft opening for the new exhibit “Bluefin: The Pacific Tuna.” Julia Bendímez Patterson, the museum’s director, was thrilled to introduce the exhibit, emphasizing its goal to highlight the historic significance of bluefin tuna to Ensenada, as well as its economic and cultural impacts over the years.

The museum, a non-governmental organization committed to spreading scientific knowledge and fostering curiosity, extends a heartfelt thank you to the Caracol team for their two months of hard work in bringing this exhibit to life. A special mention was made to Baja Aqua Farms for their substantial contributions, along with Bluefina, Fidemar, Cemaa Almar, Cuidemos el Océano A.C., and the Ensenada Naval and Craft Modeling Club for making this exhibit possible.

The “Bluefin, The Pacific Tuna” temporary exhibit provides crucial information about the bluefin tuna, including its global history, interaction with humans, and its importance to the region. It also offers a virtual reality experience that simulates a helicopter flight over tuna pens and diving into these waters.

Manuel H. Vázquez Escudero, CEO of Baja Aqua Farms, expressed his gratitude to all attendees and discussed the company’s dedication to sustainable fishing and bluefin tuna conservation. He proudly noted that the long-term goals they set to restore the bluefin population, initially viewed as a ten-year project, are being met in 2024, much ahead of schedule.

Carlos Carral Montejano, president of the museum’s board, also participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Following the official opening, Rebeca Zertuche, head of the Sea Room Project, led a guided tour of the facility. She announced that the exhibit would officially open on Saturday, May 4, 2024, and would be available for the entire year.

It was also said that there are plans for a permanent exhibition at the Sea Room, that will feature several large aquariums showcasing the local sea life and is planned for future installation, as the museum continues to seek sponsors for this ambitious project.

This captivating exhibit is a must-see! The Caracol Museum is open from Thursday to Sunday, 10 AM to 5 PM. General admission is just 80 pesos, and 50 pesos for children aged 6 to 12, while kids under 5 enter free. Don’t miss this intriguing experience!

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