Upper Magdalena Bay/ Hull Canal/ Pacific Ocean

Feb 27, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Lion

This morning began with an overcast sky, gentle breezes and sprinkles of rain.  We were out early in our rubber boats in search of gray whales…and we found them in good numbers. There were single whales cavorting with each other, mothers traveling with their calves, whales spy hopping (poking their heads straight up out of the water and holding it there), breaching (officially; leaping 2/3s of their body out of the water and doing a half twist before slamming back down with a huge splash), and just logging quietly on the surface (breathing out while sinking slightly and breathing in and rising slightly without moving forward).While we were out we had the unusually experience of real rain in Baja this time of year. Despite the wet our spirits were not dampened as we thoroughly enjoyed the experience of being in such close contact with these leviathans of the sea.

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Larry Hobbs


Larry has been involved in marine mammal research and natural history education for over 45 years.  His undergraduate training is in zoology, with graduate work in marine biology.  He also holds a master’s degree in psychology and is a certified counselor in the State of Washington.  In addition to his academic training, Larry has spent many years at sea, including two years as mate or master aboard open-ocean sailing ships.  Larry is a professional photographer and his photographs have appeared in Europe, Asia, Australia and Mexico as well as the United States.

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Rich Reid

National Geographic Photographer

Award-winning photographer and filmmaker Rich Reid has specialized in environmental and adventure photography for over two decades. On assignment with National Geographic Adventure magazine, he cycled Alaska’s Inside Passage by ferry and explored California’s Gaviota Coast by bike and kayak. North American Nature Photography Association elected Rich as a Fellow for his significant contributions to the nature photography industry, and he was a finalist for the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year for his time-lapse video documenting forest fire ecology.

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