Los Titeres, Magdalena Coastal Lagoon

Feb 16, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird

This our second day of whale watching in the calm waters of the Magdalena Coastal Lagoon was extraordinary: guests and naturalists went out on the expedition landing crafts and found Olivia, a very experienced mother gray whale that has been well known by her friendly behavior in past seasons. She and her baby were just outstanding because allowed us to stay around while they were resting and possibly sleeping, just logging at the surface with no interactions at all. Maybe they are enjoying our company, so confident, so tolerant. Eventually, the slow current drifted them next to our boats and all guests experienced the magic moments of touching a whale! Later on, we left Olivia and her calf for navigation southwards in the canal (flanked by wonderful mangroves, birds and moon-looking sand dunes) to reach our afternoon destination at Sand Dollar Beach. In the hikes across the dunes of this section of Magdalena Island, we encountered two jackrabbits that rapidly ran away from us, as well as the interesting vegetation that covered them in small carpets. Hundreds of seabirds, shells of snail and bivalve mollusks, polychaete worms (marine cousins of earthworms and leeches) and other beings, dead and alive, were also present in this fascinating environment.

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Adrian studied biology at the national Autonomous University of Mexico. In 1991 the Wildlife Preservation Trust of Jersey, on Britain's Channel Islands, awarded Adrian with a scholarship to its prestigious 16-week training program in Captive Management and Breeding of Endangered Species. This pioneering course of study is responsible for the conservation and rescue of countless species on the verge of disappearance. While there, Adrian also received a six month diploma in endangered species management.

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