Sand Dollar Beach, Magdalena Island

Feb 05, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Bird

On the first day of our expedition, National Geographic Sea Bird navigated the Magdalena Coastal Lagoon complex, heading toward the narrowest section of Magdalena Island. Once anchored at Sand Dollar Beach, guests and staff went ashore via expedition landing craft. The goal was to explore the magnificent sand dunes and make our way to the Pacific side of the island.

Along our way, we found an environment so magnificent, quiet, and devoid of humans that we could call it a paradise. Guests and naturalists discovered wildlife wonders: diverse birds, plants, and mollusks, as well as the tracks of multiple creatures including jackrabbits, white-footed mice, and coyote.

Later, we sailed north along the Canal de la Magdalena. In midafternoon, bottle-nosed dolphins and gray whales showed up. We kept spotting whales until the ship passed by Boca de la Soledad. The weather was very cooperative—sunny with a light breeze. When the ship was anchored, we heard a presentation about the life of gray whales, and then we all enjoyed a well-deserved dinner and sleep.

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Adrian Cerda


Adrian studied biology at the national Autonomous University of Mexico. In 1991 the Wildlife Preservation Trust of Jersey, on Britain's Channel Islands, awarded Adrian with a scholarship to its prestigious 16-week training program in Captive Management and Breeding of Endangered Species. This pioneering course of study is responsible for the conservation and rescue of countless species on the verge of disappearance. While there, Adrian also received a six month diploma in endangered species management.

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