A 200-pound octopus catch off the Yucatán Peninsula

(PHOTO: Miranda Allfrey)

The Yucatán Peninsula is known for its turquoise water kissed beaches in Cancun, Mayan pyramids and quaint fishing villages. On the Northwestern shores of the peninsula is a small beach fishing community, known as Sisal, and it was off the coast here that I experienced deep sea octopus fishing. At the crack of dawn, one thousand fisherman gather daily More...

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Greater flamingos in the Ria Celestun Biosphere Reserve, Yucatan state, Mexico (PHOTO: google)
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Celestún Biosphere Reserve, a Yucatecan treasure

Writer Ron Mader posted this informative article on Celestún on planeta.com. Decreed a wildlife refuge in 1979 and a biosphere reserve in the 1980s, the Celestún Biosphere Reserve is the cradle of ecotourism More...

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Progreso malecon showed damage from tidal swells. (PHOTO: yucatan.com.mx)
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Beach erosion hurts property values in Progreso area

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Port of Progreso is in line for major expansion with an eye toward oil tankers.(PHOTO: yucatan.com.mx)
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Agreement to expand Port of Progreso eyes oil tankers

Intended to strengthen the economy of Yucatan and the southeastern Mexico, in addition to becoming an important center for the storage and distribution of hydrocarbons, the Port of Progreso will soon present a More...

Sunrise along Progreso's malecon. (PHOTO: Robert Adams)
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Live inexpensively in these Latin American beach towns

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The Mexican Navy has joined the search for two lost Sisal fishermen. (PHOTO: sipse.com)
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Navy vessels join search for two missing Sisal fishermen

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The body of Canadian Barbara McClatchie Andrews was found along the Merida-Cancun highway. (PHOTO: sipse.com)
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Two expats’ murders shook Yucatan in 2016

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UNAM’s Yucatán scientists say red octopus’ saliva could cure Alzheimer’s

The red octopus’ saliva is a potential substance that would contain agents against Alzheimer’s disease, and its chemical components could contribute to the understanding of this condition’s mechanism. More...

Electricity for Progreso's water company offices has been cut off.  (PHOTO: Diario de Yucatan)
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Lack of water service in Progreso due to water company’s unpaid electric bills

In a Jan. 3 letter to the editor of TYT, a reader named Elizabeth wrote:  “We have no water in Chelem…none…nada…not a drop….why isn’t this news? We have been without water for More...