The whale shark and the tourist: documentary reveals responsibilities of travel

Whale shark [pic: Valeria Mass]

Holbox, an island on the Gulf coast of Mexico, is home to crocodiles, turtles, monkeys, ocelots, jaguars, tapirs, more than 420 species of birds, and the whale shark, the world's largest known living fish that originated about 60 million years ago.

The island was made part of a protected natural area in 1994, but the influx of tourism over the last two decades is disrupting this fragile eco-system.

A new documentary, Abril, and the Whale Shark Island, shines the spotlight on 'responsible' tourism and raises awareness of our effect on the places we visit. The true story will be told through via three individuals who live and around the island: eleven-year-old Abril, island 'defender' Don Arnoldo and a whale shark who is moving further and further away from the coast to avoid tour boats.

The documentary team is currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter to make the full film, but even this teaser will get you thinking about your next holiday.

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