San Jose del Cabo

Feb 14, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Lion

After a fine night of cruising south from Magdalena Bay we awoke just north of Cabo Falso, with humpbacks in the distance, and a phalanx of frigatebirds drafting the currents above the wheelhouse. As we approached the Arches at Lands End, just west of Cabo San Lucas, the sun was beginning to poke out from behind morning clouds that completely dissipated by the time we disembarked at San Juan del Cabo. A fine morning of touring San Juan and looking for birds at the mouth of the Rio de San Juan was nearly forgotten as we were privileged to witness one of the finest displays of humpback breaching out on Gorda Bank!  The whales were good enough to take a rest just in time for us to maintain out scheduled departure, so we could make our date with the day at Punta Colorado in the morning.

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Jeff Campbell


Jeff Campbell fell in love with the ocean while attending boatbuilding school in Eastport, Maine. Since completing his MS in Marine and Estuarine Science at Western Washington University, he has worked for NOAA documenting the ecological impacts of transoceanic fiber-optic cable; the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife developing an aging method for sixgill sharks; the Lummi Tribe as a Harvest Biologist; Northwest Indian College teaching Fisheries and Wildlife Biology, and as a volunteer for the Whatcom County Marine Mammal Stranding Network. He has been involved in research developing mitigation methods for harmful algae blooms, sterilization methods for oil tanker ballast water, and techniques for screening refinery effluent for harmful ecological effects. He also served as Principle Director on a USDA-funded grant using student interns to study the impact of nutrient-rich run-off on seasonal dead-zones in Bellingham Bay.

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