About us

meet our team


Mexican biologist that received her degree from the National University of Mexico (UNAM).  She has been able to combine her passion for whales and research with her job as naturalist guide and operations manager in Ecotours de Mexico.  She is the head researcher of ECOBAC.  She has participated in marine mammal surveys in the North Atlantic and the Mexican Pacific.   Representative of Banderas Bay in 2003 and Representative of the Whale watching Committee at the Mexican Society for the Study of Marine Mammals (SOMEMMA).  Representative of whale watching tour operators at the Whale Watching Standing Group of the International Whaling Commission (2012-2014).  Coordinates the Mexican Whale Disentanglement Network since 2012.


Karel is a pioneer of ecotourism in Mexico, he is a cofounder and former president of the Mexican Association of Ecotourism and Adventure Travel (AMTAVE).  He is also founder and managing director of Ecotours de Mexico, a nature tour operator.  His lifelong love of nature and his interest in ecotourism has lead him to travel and lead trips all over Mexico.  In 2006 he got his masters degree in sustainable development and tourism, his research topic was “Whale Watching in Banderas Bay as a Sustainable Tourist Activity”.  Trained as Whale disentanglement Instructor has participated in several trainings in Mexico and Latin America.

Tec. Ricky Rebolledo Villa

Expert in marine mammal handling and care.  In the last 10 years, he has specialized in the rescue and attention of Cetaceans and Pinipeds.  We directs the Rescue Center from the Whale Museum in La Paz, B.C.S.  he has been an active member of the Mexican Whale Disentanglement Network, known as RABEN, since its beginning in 2004.  in 2015 he got his certification as a large whale entanglement response instructor by the International Whaling Commission.  He participated as a consultant in vaquita porpoise recovery and in ghost gear removal programs in the Upper Golf of Mexico.


Alejandro got his architecture degree from the Iberoamericana University (UIA) in Mexico City.  He works building houses with the use of green alternatives, like water recycling, gathering and use of rainfall and use of alternative energy resources, in order to impact the environment as little as possible.  A wildlife lover, he participates actively in different conservation projects.


Pedro has a Marine Biology PhD by the University of North Carolina and he is currently professor at the University of Guadalajara, Campus Puerto Vallarta.  Most of his research projects involve marine biology studies in the Mexican Pacific, most particularly Banderas Bay, and the Jalisco and Nayarit coast.  His coral reef research studies involve the biology and ecology of marine organisms with the purpose of improving coral reef protection through conservation activities and programs in National Parks.


Frank established in Puerto Vallarta in 2004 and impressed with the richness of the local fauna he began creating photographic archives.  Since then he has been collaborating with different organizations such as Reptilario Cipactli Cento Universitario de la Costa U de G, Municipality of Puerto Vallarta Division of Environment and Ecology, Estero El Salado Trust, Conservation and Sustainable Use of Crocodiles in Mexico (COMACROM), Puerto Vallarta Tourism Trust, Western Ecological Society, Group of Ecology and Conservation of Islands A.C., and Naturalia A.C.  magazine “Species”, among others.  Since 2006 he collaborates with ECOBAC in research and environmental education projects


Fabio studied at the Autonomous University of Baja California in Ensenada, were he received his college and masters degree in Oceanology.  We has a PhD in Sustainable Development by the University of Guadalajara. Since 1992 he works as professor and researcher at the Coastal University Center of the University of Guadalajara, campus Puerto Vallarta and he´s chair of Arthropods, Taxonomy and Biosistematics.  He does research projects with crocodiles, acuatic birds and different groups of invertebrates.  One of his favorite activities is the diffusion of science in printed media.  He received the “University-Society Link (Science Diffussion) 2003” and “Puerto Vallarta: Ecology 2005” awards.  He has published 6 books, among which “The Terrible Corcodiles?” wrote in collaboration with Dr. Juan Luis Cifuentes and edited in 2004 by Fondo de Cultura Economica en its collection Science for all, stands out.  He is member of the National Researchers System, Level I.



Humpback Whale in Banderas Bay Photoidentification Catalog, Jalisco-Nayarit, Mexico (FIBB Catalog).

Unification of the FIBB catalog with collaborators (11).


Collaboration with SPLASH Project (Structure of Populations, Levels of Abundance and Status of Humpback Whales in the North Pacific) to learn about the structure and abundance of humpback whale populations in the North Pacific.


10 years of the FIBB catalog: 991 individuals and 2,290 records


We collaborated with CONANP in the elaboration of the Action Plan for the Conservation of Species: PACE Humpback Whale.


We work together with the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur (UABCS) in the Regional Protection Program for Humpback Whales in Los Cabos, BCS and in Bahía de Banderas, Rincón de Guayabitos and San Blas (Jalisco and Nayarit). This program was sponsored by CONANP.


Humpback Whales in Isla Isabel National Park Photoidentification and Monitoring Project


16 years of the FIBB Catalog: 1,731 individuals and 5, 189 records.


4th International Conference on Marine Mammal Protected Areas (ICMMPA)


Whale Monitoring in Bahía de Banderas Program


25 years of the FIBB catalog: 2,686 individuals and more than 7,800 records


20 students: 13 social service projects, 6 interships and 8 bachelor's thesis from universities like UNAM, UCOL, UDG (CUC and CUCBA), UMAR, ITBB, UAM, UAS and ITVG.


Publication of scientific articles in journals such as: Latin American Journal of Aquatic Mammals, Conservation Biology, Ocean and Coastal Management, among others.


We collaborate with different academic institutions such as the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California Sur (UABCS), the Faculty of Marine Sciences of the University of Colima (UAC), the Universidad del Mar in Oaxaca (UMAR), among others.


1st Symposium on Humpback Whales in Bahía de Banderas


2nd Symposium on Humpback Whales in Bahía de Banderas


3rd Symposium on Humpback Whales in Bahía de Banderas


4th Symposium on Humpback Whales in Bahía de Banderas.


Participated with a conference in the authorized whale watching tour operators workshop by DGVS (every year since 2010).


Training workshop for whale watching tour operators in Bahía de Banderas.


Training workshop for whale watching tour operators in San Blas, Nayarit.


First BALLENARTE Festival for Conservation.


Training workshop for whale watching tour operators in Rincón de Guayabitos, Nayarit.


Second BALLENARTE Festival.

Training workshop for whale watching tour operators in Mazunte, Oax.


Third BALLENARTE Festival in collaboration with CONANP.


Training workshop for whale watching tour operators in Zihuatanejo, Gro

To date

Outreach with regular publications in different magazines: Naturalia Species, AC, Mexicoa, UdG Scientific Research Dissemination Magazine, CONABIO Biodiversitas, Espacio Profundo, among others.

To date

Talks in the marinas of Nuevo Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit to inform sailors about the importance of good navigation practices, the Mexican Whale Watching Regulations, and what to do if in case of finding an entangled whale.


First Rescue of an entangled Humpback Whale.

RABEN (Mexican Whale Disentanglement Network) is created.

SE CREA RABEN (Red de Atención a Ballenas Enmalladas).


First rescue training RABEN ECOBAC

NOAA/International Instructor


Creation of the National Coordination of the Mexican Whale Disentanglement Network, RABEN. We grew from a few team members to 15 teams, training 180 RABEN members throughout 12 workshops (in collaboration with CONANP).


RABEN/ECOBAC joins the Global Whale Entanglement Response Network (GWREN) of the International Whaling Commission.


Large whale disentanglement workshops in Chile (2015), Peru (2016) and Colombia (2017) in support to the International Whaling Commission.


First RABEN National meeting.

To date

148 reports of entangled whales have been attended nationwide. More than 57 whales have been successfully released and in 19 cases, it was found that the fishing gear did not affect the whale´s  life.


Collaboration with the publication "Cetacean Whale Watching Status in Latin America" ​​published by Hoyt and Iñiguez.


Information, Prevention, Surveillance and Humpback Whale Monitoring Program in Bahía de Banderas to promote the Mexican whale watching regulation (NOM-131) and good navigation practices during the whale season.


Collaboration with the International Whaling Commission in the integration of the Whale Watching Manual.

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