Boca de la Soledad
Today we awoke on the National Geographic Sea Bird while floating in the protected and calm waters of Boca de la Soledad, the northernmost entrance to the beautiful coastal lagoon called Magdalena Bay, which is part of an extensive and complex wetland system present in the western side of the peninsula of Baja California. As we all knew, the gray whales come here every winter to give birth and nurse their calves, so we were eager to explore the lagoon and observe these magnificent, gentle, giant marine mammals. Throughout the day we went out in our inflatable crafts, and accompanied our excited guests to help them interpret the complex and fascinating set of behaviors offered by the whales, including spy hopping, breeching, nursing and rolling. Up to 35 pairs of cows and calves were seen in this section of the lagoon. Whales, as we noticed, can be identified individually by the white, black and gray gradations that form unique patterns on their skin, both in calves and their mothers. No whale is identical to another. This has allowed us to give them names, like Sofia, Maria, and so on, for the enjoyment of everyone.
Our guests also had the opportunity of exploring, the dune and mangrove ecosystems of Magdalena Island. Read More>
Feb 23, 2015
National Geographic Sea Bird