Bahia Santa Maria & At Sea

Mar 18, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird

Today we started our first day of exploration. The first place we visited was Bahia Santa Maria, also known as Sand Dollar Beach. This was our initial stop, which will be followed by two weeks of sailing on the Pacific side of the Baja California Peninsula, and way up into the Gulf of California.

Bahia Santa Maria is one of the most scenic beaches, and the huge bay is uninhabited and wild. Here we can learn about the archaeological sites, which are a window to the past of this place. We can also walk along for miles, looking for some of the interesting creatures that are washed ashore by the sea.

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Alberto Montaudon

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Alberto fell in love with nature as a young child. Born and raised in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico, he spent most of his childhood exploring the Chairlel Lagoon and the Tamesi River. Each morning he would patiently wait in his rowboat for sunrise to witness the great groups of migrating birds that would land on the water. His father taught him from a very early age to understand, love, and respect nature. As a result of his upbringing, Alberto became biologist and decided to follow his passion and became a naturalist. At age 21, Alberto began working with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic in Baja California. Since then he has been sharing interests that range from bird biology to undersea exploration to wildlife photography with thousands of guests.

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