Magdalena Bay

Feb 19, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird


What a day in Magdalena Bay! We spent both the morning and afternoon exploring the lagoon searching for opportunities to get close to the very friendly and curious gray whale. The gray whale, Eschrichtius robustus, utilizes these protected and warm waters as breeding and calving grounds. Their main predator, the killer whale, does not enter these lagoons and the calves are able to gain weight and muscle mass in preparation for the long journey north to feeding grounds in the Bering and Chukchi Seas.

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Emily Pickering

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Emily was raised by two veterinarians in the mountains of Central Oregon, where she spent much of her time on the back of a horse dreaming about the sea. Her fascination was solidified by visits to the Oregon Coast Aquarium and summers spent gazing into tide pools and listening for killer whales off the coast of British Colombia.  

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Rodrigo Moterani

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Rodrigo Moterani was born in Brazil in 1976. After spending his teen years playing with camcorders and VCRs, Rodrigo ended up working in the field of television journalism and video production in his home country. He graduated with a degree in communications in 1997.

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