Isla San Ildefonso, Cruising

Mar 27, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Lion

This morning, right after breakfast, we did two rounds of zodiac cruises at the island of San Ildefonso. This is a smaller island that sits alone between the towns of Loredo and Mulege, and is a bird sanctuary, and very productive area. Many species of birds use this remote sanctuary for nesting, including the brown and blue-footed booby, frigatebirds, brown pelican and yellow-footed gulls. As we were leaving our anchorage a humpback whale showed up to entertain, as well as a small pod of bottle-nosed dolphins. But, as we cruised farther north that afternoon, we were treated to an encounter with a blue whale, the largest creature that has ever been on our planet!

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Rich Kirchner

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Rich Kirchner has worked as a naturalist in Antarctica, Alaska, the Bering Sea, Baja and the High Arctic, including Svalbard, Greenland, the Canadian Arctic and Iceland, along with other destinations. His 33 years as a professional wildlife photographer has granted him international publication credits included in magazines such as Geo Germany, Geo France, Natural History, Audubon, National Wildlife and Ranger Rick, as well as more than a hundred books.

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