Sea of Cortez & Puerto Gato

Feb 10, 2019 - National Geographic Venture


Motoring north into the Sea of Cortez, all eyes were glued to the water. Just beneath its steely gray surface lie hundreds of species of fish and dozens of whale and dolphin species. Deep troughs and submerged islands are also hidden in the deep.

Upon searching, we came across several pods of bottlenose dolphins and a small group of pilot whales. But the real show of the morning was the sunrise. Deep pink clouds gave way to a double rainbow in full display.

Like our sunrise, the afternoon yielded plenty of beauty along the beach of Puerto Gato, part of the Baja Peninsula mainland. Deep red sandstones were our backdrop for snorkeling, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, hiking, with dinner and a bonfire ashore later that evening. Suffice it to say that very few of us we were prepared for the other-worldly beauty that set the scene for day ashore, and yet no one hesitated taking full advantage of it!

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Eric Guth

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Eric began work with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic in 2006 as a means to see the world, work with great photographers and engage his environmental studies degree beyond the classroom. His initial years with the company were spent working the waters of Southeast Alaska and Baja California. His move to the National Geographic Explorer in 2008 helped earn him the experience and knowledge needed to establish himself as a trusted boat handler, naturalist and respected photographer in nearly all the environments Lindblad-National Geographic travels.

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