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

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Naturalist, underwater videographer, captain, and historian, Adam Maire is dedicated to exploring around the globe with a goal of researching, documenting, and teaching others about the beauty, the power and the importance of the earth’s wild places. With degrees in animal science, history and a Scuba Diving Instructor certification, he is passionate about finding extraordinary ways to help others understand the links between the worlds that exist both above and below the surface of the ocean. As a temperate and cold-water diver, he is able to capture video and images of rarely seen marine life to create real connections with the underwater world.

About the Photographer

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.

About the Videographer

Eric Barnes

Video Chronicler

Eric is a native of Southern California and has been taking pictures for as long as he can remember.  He made a career as a news photographer, working for local and national news agencies.  As a photojournalist, Eric has documented some of the most important news events both nationally and around the world.  He has covered everything from the tsunami in Thailand to the war in Afghanistan and countless other compelling stories.

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