Isla Rasa and Boojum Land

Mar 21, 2019 - National Geographic Venture


We spent the morning at Isla Rasa where above us thousands upon thousands of elegant terns and Heerman’s gulls swarmed the sky in lieu of the mating season underway here in Baja California. All the while, hundreds of playful curious sea lions barked and lumbered along the beach as we explored a coast that seems to teem with wildlife through land, sea, and sky alike. Transiting the “Canal de Ballenas” in the company of fin whales, we arrived at Bahia de los Angeles. Here we boarded expedition vehicles and headed into the desert to explore the land of the boojum tree.

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Mike Greenfelder

Undersea Specialist

Mike learned early on that the best way to escape Ohio was to become a marine biologist.  During college at Wittenberg University he attended a semester at Duke University's Marine Lab — that time only confirmed his love for all things oceanic and maritime.  After graduation, Mike promptly moved to Catalina Island in California where he taught marine biology to school kids.  Since 1999, Mike has been working and traveling chasing his three loves: marine critters, photography, and birds.

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