Aqua Verde

Feb 28, 2019 - National Geographic Venture


We woke for our final morning aboard National Geographic Venture en route to Aqua Verde. Along the way, however, we came upon an all-out frenzy of pelicans, whales, and dolphins feeding on what must have been a massive school of fish. Our crew was quick to deploy the hydrophone, allowing us to listen in on this one-of-a-kind phenomenon in the lounge later that evening.

We proceeded to make our way to the tempered shores of Aqua Verde, where we enjoyed one last afternoon over Zodiac cruises, tide-pooling, and excursions on land.

Sailing homeward and about to turn in, we saw to our amazement that the wake of our bow was gleaming with what may have been bioluminescent plankton, or (our guess) the residues of a remarkable journey in Baja California.

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About the Author

Kayvon Malek

Undersea Specialist

In 2011 Kayvon’s life changed when he took his first breath underwater. After signing up for a SCUBA course on a whim while studying at the University of California, Santa Cruz he soon shifted his major and focus in life. He graduated in 2015 after studying Environmental Studies and Biology, focusing on marine conservation. By that time, he was an AAUS certified Scientific Diver aiding in field research, a NAUI Divemaster, and had begun working at the Monterey Bay Aquarium sharing the wonder of the ocean that captivated him four years prior.

About the Photographer

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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