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Mexico Creates Largest Maritime National Park in North America

By order of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, an archipelago referred to as the “Galapagos of North America,” will become a marine park the size of the state of Illinois.

The archipelago of Revillagigedo, located some 242 miles southeast of the Baja California peninsula, is now a national park. With a protection zone of some 57,000 square miles, it is now the largest maritime reserve in North America.

The Mexican president tweeted the decree, expressing his “commitment to the preservation of the heritage of Mexico and the world.”

The archipelago has been referred to as the “Galapagos of North America,” due to its abundance of species of animals and plants, including rays, humpback whales, sea turtles, lizards and many migratory birds, the Guardian reports.

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