Learn about the seas of Mexico by playing this lottery

As you well know, there are countless lotteries and games of chance. Some can be bought in toy stores, for others you need to go to one of the bookmakers. There are also online lotteries, such as Melate Result. And today we offer you this different option, an educational lottery that you can download to your computer, print and play with family or friends.

Well, it turns out that SEMARNAT, Mexico’s Secretary of Environment and Natural Resources, had the brilliant idea of ​​creating a themed lottery, which you can download to your computer and then print out the cards and boards for play with your family, friends or as an educational resource for teachers and school teachers.

This thematic lottery game is made up of 54 cards and 10 boards, and has the dual objective of having fun while learning about the seas of Mexico, its impressive biodiversity of fish and birds, and the problems they constantly face, such as the overexploitation of their resources, the pollution generated by waste deposited without sufficient prior treatment, unregulated tourist activities, illegal fishing and the constant development of urban areas.

To download the maps you can access here

And to download the boards you can do it here


Mexico, a megadiverse country

In case you didn’t know, with almost 70% of the variety of plants and animals in the world, Mexico is the fifth among the 12 megadiverse countries in the world, with the greatest oceanic extension (65%) than terrestrial (35%). Among other things, it has one of the most important barrier reefs in the world, the Great Mayan Reef, which is home to a truly impressive biodiversity.

Mexico is privileged for its geographical position and climate, being surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of California, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea. This, added to the fact that it has a large number of islands and islets, consequently offers ecosystems of great biological diversity, among which there are species that have historically been of great importance to the country. .

And it is that marine ecosystems are one of the main sources of food for Mexicans, who enjoy a large part of the species that inhabit their seas. The most consumed species are shrimp, tuna, red snapper, red mullet, grouper and sardines. But there are over 500 species of fish that Mexico harvests for consumption.

To help conserve its globally unique ecosystems, the Mexican seas have been divided by the CCA into eight ecoregions: (1) Northern Gulf of Mexico, (2) Southern Gulf of Mexico, (3) Sea Caribbean, (4) Central American Pacific, (5) Mexican Pacific Transition, (6) Gulf of California, (7) Southern California Pacific, and (8) Monterey Bay Pacific Transition. The boundaries of these marine ecoregions are limited to those of the EEZ jurisdiction.

Mexican seas and coasts

Within the so-called marine ecosystems, we find: coastal wetlands, coastal lagoons, rocky areas, mangroves, reefs, meadows and kelp forests, sea grass beds, seamounts, submarine canyons, -marines and hydrothermal vents.

All of these spaces function as feeding, breeding, refuge and breeding grounds for countless species. We can find more than 300 species of jellyfish, corals and anemones; more than 5,000 species of crustaceans such as shrimp, crabs, crabs and lobsters; more than 4,000 species of molluscs such as octopus, snails and clams.

Around 2,500 species of fish, sharks and rays have also been documented; about 50 species of marine mammals and 11 species of turtles and crocodiles.

But not only that, marine ecosystems, in addition to their biodiversity, help us regulate the climate and reduce the impact of sea storms on the coasts.

Now that we’ve told you a little about the unparalleled richness of the seas of Mexico, they will surely have made you want to find out more while playing with family and friends. How do you become an expert?

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