There's big news out of Africa, where Mozambique and South Africa have jointly created the largest marine protected area on the continent.
The designation protects 200 miles of coastline in the two nations, including coral reefs, important nurseries for many fish species, nesting beaches for leatherback sea turtles and waters that support everything from whale sharks to schooling fishes.
The timing is good, as many of the animals in the waters of the new reserve are threatened both here and beyond the limits of the protected area. Whale sharks, like so many other shark species, are targeted for their fins to feed the demand of Asian markets for shark-fin soup.
Fortunately, as the video below points out, if locals in Mozambique can make more money taking tourists to swim with whale sharks than they can by catching them and selling their fins, there's hope for these gentle giants. The reserves are an important step in that direction.