Puerto Adolfo López Mateos, BCS

Feb 26, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Lion

Today, we woke up anchored at the vicinity of Puerto Adolfo Lopez Mateos small fishing village that during winter time turns into one of the breeding grounds of the migratory gray whales under permits that Mexican authorities issued as flags. Mothers use these lagoons to give birth and inside this protected area, raise their newborn calf. Also some of the adults participate in the process of reproductions. We had the opportunity to watch whales and some of their behaviors getting close to some individuals and some Cow and calf pairs. We finished this day with the traditional Fiesta Mexicana Dinner on board waiting for more and more adventures.

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Octavio Maravilla


Octavio was born in Mexico City and moved to La Paz at age 19, to study Marine Biology at the Baja California Sur State University. He began his field research on California sea lions, working at Los Islotes, a small rookery close to La Paz City. Later, he expanded his research to all the sea lion colonies in the Gulf of California and over the Pacific coast of the Baja California Peninsula — aside sea lions, he studied three other species of Mexican pinnipeds, harbor seals, elephant seals, and Guadalupe fur seals.

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Matthew Ritenour

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Matthew grew up on the Gulf of Mexico, where a love of geography, culture and history were instilled at a young age. He studied anthropology at California State University, Chico, and soon began working at the Advanced Laboratory for Visual Anthropology (ALVA), a documentary production studio that focuses on sharing the results of anthropological research with the public. As a cinematographer and editor at ALVA, he documented research on everything from the effects of drought in California, to looted petroglyphs in the Sierra Nevada high desert, and the global trade in emeralds.

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