San Jose Island

Jan 26, 2019 - National Geographic Venture

Sunrise found National Geographic Venture heading to the day’s destination, beautiful San Jose Island. We anchored close to a favorite spot for kayaking. A large group of us landed at Kelly’s Beach for a long hike into the arroyo, or more leisurely nature walks.

In the afternoon, we enjoyed the second part of Greg Marshall’s presentation on the “critter-cam,” while continuing to spot marine wildlife. Later on, we returned to the beach for dinner under the stars, everything perfectly arranged by the hotel department. What a treat!

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Octavio Maravilla


Octavio was born in Mexico City and moved to La Paz at age 19, to study Marine Biology at the Baja California Sur State University. He began his field research on California sea lions, working at Los Islotes, a small rookery close to La Paz City. Later, he expanded his research to all the sea lion colonies in the Gulf of California and over the Pacific coast of the Baja California Peninsula — aside sea lions, he studied three other species of Mexican pinnipeds, harbor seals, elephant seals, and Guadalupe fur seals.

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David Pickar

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David Pickar is a native of Portland, Oregon. He studied anthropology at the University of Oregon, then spent several years working as a field archaeologist. Participating in excavations in countries like Jordan, Belize and Italy and in every corner of the US, allowed him to witness culture and the environment from an unusual perspective.

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