Hull Canal & Magdalena Bay

Mar 05, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird


After navigating the always changing bathymetry of Hull Canal, we anchored the National Geographic Sea Bird in Magdalena Bay. A short expedition landing craft ride south of the ship, we found ourselves surrounded by spyhopping whales and mother-calf pairs surfacing in the glass-calm conditions. The gray whales take refuge from the open Pacific in these lagoons on the Baja California Peninsula to breed, give birth, and prepare their calves for the 5,000-mile journey north to their feeding grounds in the Bering and Chuckchi Seas. Not every day do we have the opportunity to experience a gray whale’s gentle disposition and immense size on such a personal level.  

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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

Video Chronicler

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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