Bahia Magdalena and Gray Whales

Mar 01, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird


This day was dedicated to our magnificent cetacean friends, the gray whales. We awoke just as the full moon was setting over the sand dunes and with hardly any wind, we knew a good morning of whale watching was in store. The gray whales are incredible survivors and at one time were nearly hunted to extinction in these select lagoons in that they use as breeding grounds. We saw numerous cow and calf pairs as well as had multiple very close interactions with these friendly creatures. Each expedition landing craft was guided by a local “Pangero” who were all extremely familiar with the waters and carries a whale watching license. After a successful day of observation, we were serenaded by “Los Coyotes” a local group of musicians from the nearby town of Lopez Mateos.

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Ryder Redfield

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Growing up at the base of the Cascade Mountains in the tiny Oregon town of Sisters meant that Ryder was surrounded by wilderness. A childhood of hiking, fishing, hunting for arrowheads, camping, and upland bird hunting resulted in the outdoors feeling far more comfortable than hectic city streets. His passion for the outdoors has perpetually grown and, upon graduating from the University of Oregon, he embraced his wanderlust with even greater vigor. His adventures eventually led him to working with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic as a photo instructor.

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