Isla San Esteban & Isla San Pedro Martir

Mar 08, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Lion


No morning announcement was made on board the National Geographic Sea Lion on the dawn of March 8th. In the pre-dawn, many sleepy faces lumbered their way to the marina deck and boarded the inflatable boats, headed for shore. Making a landing before sunrise is a rare and beautiful outing for one of our expeditions and this particular morning did not disappoint. With an east facing shore, the beach at Isla San Esteban forgives a spectacular morning view. After breakfast, we repositioned to Isla San Pedro Martir. This epic cruising opportunity was full of sea lions, incredible bird life, and human history to boot.

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James Hyde

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James is a home-grown, free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsmen. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he grew up in and surrounded by the Salish Sea. James has saltwater in his veins, but would be quick to point out we all do, echoing Carl Safina " We are, in a sense, soft vessels of seawater." Born with the travel bug, James was fortunate enough to spend time on four continents before graduating college. During his studies at Western Washington University's Huxley College of the Environment, James went to Australia and visited the Great Barrier Reef. He was never the same. A lifetime of playing in the productive, but opaque green water of the Northwest had offered him little firsthand experience of the creatures below its depths, but with a clear view of the colorful dramas playing out across the bottom of the tropical Pacific, he was hooked. Scuba diving and underwater ecology were solidified as his passion and after college, it took him to a dive shop in Seattle fixing gear, tidepooling with local middle school students, and generally making a spectacle of himself in the surf.

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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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