San Jose Island

Mar 26, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Lion


National Geographic Sea Lion anchored off the eastern shore of San Jose Island long before sunrise and many adventurous and brave photographers boarded our expedition landing craft to take full advantage of the pre-dawn early morning light shining over the beautiful sandstone cliffs at Punta Colorada. Then we all explored the island’s arroyos and snorkeled at the base of the cliff, while we SCUBA divers took underwater video at the neighboring Las Animas Island for everyone to see. We finished the day searching for marine life in the open waters finding mobula rays, numerous marine birds, and even a solitary hammerhead shark.

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About the Author

Carlos Navarro

Undersea Specialist

Carlos J. Navarro is a biochemist specializing in marine biology, a M. Sc. in Environmental Management and a freelance wildlife photographer/author. Carlos has spent most of the last 30 years living along the shores of the Sea of Cortez and participating in numerous scientific, conservation and environmental education projects on the vaquita, marine invertebrates, sea birds, great white sharks, baleen whales, jaguars and crocodiles. Carlos’ six years of jaguar research provided the basis of ONCA MAYA, a non-profit organization dedicated to jaguar conservation based in Cancun, of which he is a founding member and still serves as a scientific advisor. He loves being underwater, either free-diving or using SCUBA gear and have had the chance to explore the underwater realms of Alaska, Mexico, Svalbard, the trans-Atlantic ridge islands, the Caribbean and both coasts of South America from Panama to Chile and Brazil to Argentina. 

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