Scorpion Reef

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Scorpion Reef
Native name:
Arrecife Alacranes
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ISS image of Scorpion Reef
Scorpion Reef is located in Mexico
Scorpion Reef
Scorpion Reef
LocationGulf of Mexico
Progreso Municipality
Yucatán, Mexico
Coordinates22°22′58″N 89°40′57.8″W / 22.38278°N 89.682722°W / 22.38278; -89.682722Coordinates: 22°22′58″N 89°40′57.8″W / 22.38278°N 89.682722°W / 22.38278; -89.682722
ArchipelagoCampeche Bank
Total islands5
Major islandsIsla Pérez
Official nameParque Nacional Arrecife Alacranes
Designated2 February 2008
Reference no.1820[1]

Scorpion Reef (Spanish: Arrecife Alacranes) is a reef surrounding a small group of islands in the Gulf of Mexico off the northern coast of the state of Yucatán, Mexico.[2] Designated a national park, the reef is part of the Campeche Bank archipelago and is the largest reef in the southern Gulf of Mexico.[3][4]

Scorpion Reef contains the five main vegetated islands of Isla Pérez, Isla Desertora, Isla Pájaros, Isla Chica, and Isla Desterrada.[3][4] Isla Pérez is the only inhabited island and includes a lighthouse.[3]

The British postal steamer Tweed shipwrecked in Arrecife Alacranes in 1847, with the loss of 72 lives and a cargo of mercury during a journey from Havana to Veracruz.[5] [6]

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  1. ^ "Parque Nacional Arrecife Alacranes". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Alacranes Reef". Yucatan Today. 2008. Retrieved 13 April 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "Arrecife Alacrán". GulfBase. Retrieved 13 April 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Instituto Nacional de Ecología" (in Spanish). Parque Marino Nacional Arrecife Alacranes. Retrieved 13 April 2010.
  5. ^ "The Wreck of the West India Ship Tweed". The Times (19519). London. 9 April 1847. col A-E, p. 5.
  6. ^ Alone in Mexico: The astonishing travels of Karl Heller, 1845-1848. University of Alabama Press. 2007. ISBN 978-0-8173-1588-7.

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