Los Titeres, Canal de la Magdalena & Sand Dollar Beach (Santa Maria Bay)

Mar 16, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird

We repeated whale watching today in Los Titeres (The Puppets), a location in the northern part of the Magdalena Coastal Lagoon, where some gray whale mothers were still nursing their calves. The animals, saving energy to commence their migration to the feeding grounds in the Bering Sea and adjacent Arctic waters, were calm and slow. They were not interested in interacting with humans at all, but probably more concerned in finding the right time to get out of the lagoon. With that, we still were successful in getting close to them. Some of our guests, in the last moment, were able to touch a curious baby that lifted its rostrum towards an expedition landing craft. Later, we left the area and moved south for the last outing, transiting on the Canal de la Magdalena, and anchoring in front of a narrow section of the island. We walked on the dunes to get to Sand Dollar Beach in Santa Maria Bay, where we discovered carpets of green and red plants, shells of all sorts, birds and interesting land snails, that live semi-buried in the sand while attached to plant material; their spiral, ornamented shells are blown by wind and covered many places. This fantastic journey with the gray whales came to a wonderful end.

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Adrian Cerda


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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