Laguna San Ignacio

Mar 21, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Lion


A better way to get to know Baja California was never thought of before. We anchored this morning off of San Ignacio Lagoon. One of the legendary breeding and calving ground for the California gray whale. The weather, wind, and whales were more then cooperative today. Three rounds of tours went out to view these magnificent creatures at close range. Better whale watching can not be had anywhere else. The animals are usually no more then 50 feet from our small local-operated Panga boats. Occasionally the young calf whales will swim right up to the boats and more then once we observed a mother whale actually lifting her young up to the boats, as eager human hands reached out to splash and actually young a wild whale! One this day, lives were changed.

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James Hyde

Naturalist

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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