Clap, slap, clap clap clap! Mobula munkiana, also known as “Munk’s Devil Ray” explode out of the water around us like popcorn. Each, about the size of a coffee table in diameter, they leap out of the water and flap their wings as if they were able to take to the sky and fly like birds, before landing in an almost comically exaggerated bellyflop. Hundreds of miles away from the nearest city, guarded by towering saguaro cacti, El Barril is wild and remote. Historically, the oceans have been El Barril’s primary source of economic sustenance, but their fisheries are rapidly being depleted. Our team recognizes that this village, like so many others, is in a race against time, and must seek new and innovative forms of ocean management if it is to preserve its legacy. Under the watchful eye of our local guide Luis, and Mary Jameson, our expedition’s leader, our team included Amber Jackson and myself of Blue Latitudes; Asher Jay, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer; Patty Elkus, a board member of Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego; and Katie Walter.