Los Titeres, Magdalena Island, Hull canal & Pacific Ocean

Mar 06, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird


This day of whale watching and hikes on the dunes of Magdalena Island started sunny and almost windless. The whales were omnipresent, friendly and interactive. The decided to stay around our boats and touch our hands with their large snouts and mouths. They played with us. They were curious about us. On the dunes, a coyote showed up; on the beaches of the lagoon and Pacific sides, creatures like parchment worms, sea stars, clams, swimming and fiddler crabs, as well as bones and plants, were the center of our attention and interpretation. In the afternoon, while transiting the canal to the south, birds, landscape and mangrove communities delighted our eyes and senses. Once in the Pacific Ocean, the blows of more gray whales said goodbye. Later, three humpback whales and several sea lions joined the ship in her sailing southwards. The powerful exhalation of the behemoths filled the air, captured our imagination. The sunset gave us combined flashes of green, red and violet!  

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Adrian Cerda

Naturalist

Adrian studied biology at the national Autonomous University of Mexico. In 1991 the Wildlife Preservation Trust of Jersey, on Britain's Channel Islands, awarded Adrian with a scholarship to its prestigious 16-week training program in Captive Management and Breeding of Endangered Species. This pioneering course of study is responsible for the conservation and rescue of countless species on the verge of disappearance. While there, Adrian also received a six month diploma in endangered species management.

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