Cruising to Puerto Gatos

Apr 01, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Lion

A grand finale we had indeed. Puerto Gatos is an incredibly scenic bay in the Sea of Cortez and an epic way to end our expedition. We were ushered in by a squad of dolphins un the hundreds, so loud their underwater vocalizations could be heard inside the ship. We were also graced by the presence of several blue whales, the largest creature to ever live. We made landfall in the afternoon and after a few small boat cruises and some walks, we relaxed on the beach with a final beach BBQ and farewell dinner.

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James Hyde


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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