Magdalena Bay, Baja California

Mar 26, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Bird


As the dense cloak of early morning fog slowly lifted, it revealed the mountainous desert landscape of Isla Margarita and the calm waters of Bahia Almejas—our destinations for the day. Guests experienced the dry landscape and shell-filled beaches of Isla Margarita on naturalist-led walks, fat-tire bikes, and photo workshops that unveiled a surprising level of diversity in a seemingly harsh environment. On the water, we rode in local pangas to search for the few gray whales that hadn’t yet begun their 6,000-mile migration back to their Arctic summer feeding grounds. With the help of our pangueros, we came upon one cow-calf pair and as many as five juvenile male gray whales—all within feet of our boats. A fantastic day highlighting the variety and abundance of Baja California.

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About the Author

Alex Krowiak

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

A childhood surrounded by the woods and streams of Pennsylvania initially sparked Alex’s curiosity about nature. That curiosity eventually led him to pursue degrees in biology and environmental studies at Boston College. During his time there he conducted research on carnivorous plants in Iceland and kelp forests in South Africa. Together these diverse experiences provided him with the background and passion to become a teacher. 

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