Dec 14, 2018 - National Geographic Venture
Today, we spent the entire day onboard National Geographic Venture in transit to our next destination for land operations. Our expedition leader, Annie Fiske, did not even wake us up with her melodious tones until the late hour of 8:30! For those guests that did choose to rise with the sun, we were greeted with an escort of a couple hundred long-beaked common dolphins, porpoising and bow-riding in the morning light. After about twenty minutes, we left them behind; an Olive’s Ridley sea turtle was also seen sun-bathing on the surface of the ocean. Both encounters were excellent omens for the rest of the day.
Humpback whales were sighted off of the bow as expedition field staff gave presentations on the wildlife and geology of the Baja California Sur region. The weather and the scenery were fantastic as National Geographic Venture cruised south; however, the highlight of the day was in the late afternoon when we stumbled across another sea turtle floating on the ocean’s surface. This green sea turtle did not seem to be enjoying itself nearly as much
After a wonderful day on the ocean, we enjoyed sangria and appetizers on the sundeck with the sun setting over the sea. Fiesta dinner was followed by Pub Trivia night in the forward lounge, hosted by National Geographic Explorer Katie Croff Bell complete with prizes to the winning team.
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