Hull Canal and Isla Magdalena

Mar 02, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Bird

Our last day among the great whales encompassed everything that makes Baja California an enchanting place to explore. Waking up a little earlier this morning, we said goodbye to the eastern gray whales that traverse the Pacific to mate and give birth in the lagoons along the coast of the peninsula. Playful and curious, cow-calf pairs teased our expedition landing crafts with tail splashes and breaches. Once back on the ship, our pilot from San Carlos, Sergio, came aboard once again to guide us through the narrow, navigable channel of Hull Canal to Magdalena Bay. To end the day, we ventured to shore across to the aptly named Sand Dollar Beach on the edge of the cerulean Pacific Ocean. Tomorrow, we may leave Baja California, but Baja California will never leave us.

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JIll Niederberger


Jill is an aquatic biologist, naturalist, divemaster, and captain with a love for everything living in and depending on water. Whether sailing catamarans, leading snorkeling tours, or assisting with cetacean field research projects, she enjoys connecting others to the wilderness around them. Her most recent adventures have led her into a focus on marine mammals – those creatures with fur and blubber that defy the odds by living in or depending on an environment in which they cannot breathe.

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