San Ignacio Lagoon and the Open Pacific

Feb 03, 2019 - National Geographic Venture


Boarding the pangas, we ventured out into the territory of desert whales with hopes of finding gray whale cows and their calves. Searching for blows, we found many adults and calves spread throughout the lagoon, some active the surface and playing in the surf, others rolling on their sides and sucking up mud. Many were overtaken with excitement every time the whales came close enough to see their white and gray bodies in the waters beside our boat.  We soaked up every moment with these majestic creatures. What a privilege it is to have such an opportunity.

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Emily Pickering

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Emily was raised by two veterinarians in the mountains of Central Oregon, where she spent much of her time on the back of a horse dreaming about the sea. Her fascination was solidified by visits to the Oregon Coast Aquarium and summers spent gazing into tide pools and listening for killer whales off the coast of British Colombia.  

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