From the National Geographic Sea Bird in Baja California
Feb 12, 2013 - National Geographic Sea Bird
Early in the morning we were pleased to see that Magdalena Bay was flat calm. Whales could be seen in every direction as they broke the glassy water’s surface. We spent the morning whale watching, and we enjoyed the close views to gray whale mothers with their calves, as well as some lone adults.
We continued whale watching from National Geographic Sea Bird, as we left Boca de Soledad behind. We headed south towards Canal de Soledad, while our pilot, Alejandro Camacho skillfully maneuvered the ship though the narrow and shallow passage. As we crossed the channel, bottlenose dolphins joined us to have fun riding the pressure wave of our ship. We got another chance for bird watching on the mangrove-covered shorelines and we also saw a couple coyotes on the beach.
Today we entered the open Pacific Ocean as we crossed through La Entrada, which literally translates as, The Entrance. We all admired the beauty of Santa Margarita Island to our port and Isla Magdalena to our starboard. These islands are exotic terranes, which have an entirely different origin from the Baja California Peninsula.
The Pacific Ocean greeted us with gentle waves. As the sun went down we were delighted to see a green flash. We will spend all night sailing the Pacific Ocean with following winds, so tomorrow we can start our explorations in the Gulf of California.