Boca de Soledad

Feb 15, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Bird

A light breeze blew in off the Pacific as we made our way to the mouth, or the boca, near Puerto Lopez Mateos. We spent most of the morning rising up and dropping down in gentle Pacific swells where as many as 50 gray whales entertained themselves, raising their heads straight up out of the water in a behavior called a spyhop. The tide was ebbing, and the current ran strong so no calves were around. We relocated for the afternoon to watch mothers and calves gently milling about.

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Pete Pederson

Pete Pederson


Pete Pederson has always been attracted to the out-of-doors and is fascinated by the diversity of life and how natural systems function. He studied zoology and completed his Master of Science degree in wildlife management at Humboldt State University in northern California. As a graduate student, through a U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant, he researched the feeding ecology of northern pintails and mallards, a project that combined his interests in ornithology and invertebrate zoology. Although drawn to many aspects of nature, Pete especially enjoys helping others understand more about marine mammals, birds, and geology. He is guided by a passion for these subjects and by the joy he gets from sharing them with people.

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