Bahia Almejas, Magdalena Bay

Mar 14, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Bird


Our first day exploring Magdalena Bay was a fantastic success. The sun was shining, the air was warm, and the seas were calm—all the things we hoped for as we headed out in small, local boats to observe gray whales in their natural habitat. Within just a few minutes of leaving the ship, we spotted whales in abundance. It was truly good fortune to see such a great variety of whale surface behaviors—breaching, spy-hopping, body-rolling, and more. What a week we’re going to have!

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Christine West

Undersea Specialist

Christine was fortunate to grow up in the Pacific Northwest on the shores of the Puget Sound. After graduating from the University of Washington, she decided to pursue her love of the ocean and exploration. Her passion for marine biology has inspired her through over 4,000 scuba dives around the globe in temperate and cold-water conditions, as well as snorkeling and freediving in extraordinary habitats such as in river beds with spawning salmon, in recently de-glaciated bays and lagoons filled with ice and glacial silt and in deep blue water with large marine animals including humpback whales, hammerhead sharks and pilot whales.

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