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Humboldt Penguin (Spheniscus humboldti) family.  From left to right:  Two juveniles and an adult. Photo: Oliver RascheHumboldt Penguin (Spheniscus humboldti) family. From left to right: Two juveniles and an adult. Photo: Oliver RascheFrom January 23rd to February 6th 2016, Sea Shepherd Chile will hold its National Campaign, Humboldt 2016. The campaign is aimed to educate visitors to the Humboldt Marine Reserve at Damas, Choros and Chañaral Islands, about the importance of responsible tourism and respectful encounters with marine creatures.

Located in the Atacama and Coquimbo Regions in Chile, the Humboldt Marine Reserve boasts high biodiversity and has characteristics such as a high rate of endemism that makes it a particularly unique environment. Among many other amazing marine inhabitants, the Chungungo (Chilean sea otter) and two species of sea lions call the Reserve home.

Seabirds are also abundant in the region. Among local species are the Humboldt Penguin, the Yuco, Lile, Cormorant and Guanay; all protected under Chilean law. Chile’s only resident pod of Bottlenose dolphins can also be found at the Reserve, and the presence of different species of whales, including Blue and Sperm whales, can be observed during the summer season.

Sea Shepherd Chile’s efforts during the campaign will focus on educating tourists about how to be responsible and respectful while visiting the Reserve, emphasizing the importance of abiding by national laws and international recommendations regarding marine wildlife sightings.

Sea Shepherd will strengthen is existing relationships with local groups, working in cooperation for the welfare of marine wildlife. Our crews will also work alongside national authorities, such as the Chilean Navy, the Chilean government departments SAG and Sernapesca, and the non-profit organization, CONAF.

In addition, during night patrols Sea Shepherd will look for Yuncos endangered seabirds affected by light pollution. Our crews are committed to save as many as possible, and to returning them to the safety of the Humboldt Marine Reserve.

Juvenile Sea Lion basking at the sun at Choros Island. Photo: Oliver RascheJuvenile Sea Lion basking at the sun at Choros Island. Photo: Oliver Rasche

Delivery and installation of the sign that describes the rules and regulations for a safe and respectful whale and marine wildlife watch activity. Photo: Rodrigo FloresDelivery and installation of the sign that describes the rules and regulations for a safe and respectful whale and marine wildlife watch activity. Photo: Rodrigo Flores

Piqueros (Sula variegata) colony at Choros Island. 	Photo: Vir KaurPiqueros (Sula variegata) colony at Choros Island. Photo: Vir Kaur

"The Camel Rock" - Rock formation near Damas Island. 	Photo: Vir Kaur"The Camel Rock" - Rock formation near Damas Island. Photo: Vir Kaur

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