Sea of Cortez & Puerto los Gatos

Dec 23, 2018 - National Geographic Venture

The first day of the expedition started off with a morning at sea, cruising through the beautiful Sea of Cortez. National Geographic Venture worked north, sailing down the middle of the San Jose Channel and everyone kept a sharp eye out for wildlife. Just after lunch, the captain spotted a small pod of short-finned pilot whales. As we looked at the blackfish there was also a great sighting of a shark at the surface.

In the afternoon everyone went ashore to explore Puerto Los Gatos. There were many adventures to be had. Onshore there were opportunities to do an aerobic hike and later on an informative naturalist/photo hike. Everyone was even invited to try beach yoga lead by Exhale wellness specialist Jesse Lujan. The water was calling some people and there were many chances to play in the ocean. Before day’s end, all aboard people had a chance to snorkel, kayak, and stand-up paddleboard.

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Adam Maire


Growing up on a working cattle ranch in rural Nebraska, Adam spent most of his youth outdoors. Early on, he was inspired to explore as much of the natural world around him as possible, leading him to join the U.S. Army, and earn an associate’s degree in animal science and a B.S. in history and criminal justice from the University of Nebraska.

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Christine West

Undersea Specialist

Christine was fortunate to grow up in the Pacific Northwest on the shores of the Puget Sound. After graduating from the University of Washington, she decided to pursue her love of the ocean and exploration. Her passion for marine biology has inspired her through over 4,000 scuba dives around the globe in temperate and cold-water conditions, as well as snorkeling and freediving in extraordinary habitats such as in river beds with spawning salmon, in recently de-glaciated bays and lagoons filled with ice and glacial silt and in deep blue water with large marine animals including humpback whales, hammerhead sharks and pilot whales.

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