San Ignacio Laguna

Mar 28, 2019 - National Geographic Venture


There are always illuminating experiences to be had wherever you are in Baja, but this is especially the case when out on the bay to encounter the gray whales that use these warm, shallow waters for birth and rearing. From early morning to late afternoon we had rich and lasting encounters with these whales. Most were cows and calves who stayed near the boats, allowing guests to place their hands upon, even pet, their rostra before descending and resurfacing again. This continued all throughout the day—truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all of us.

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Rich Kirchner

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Rich Kirchner has worked as a naturalist in Antarctica, Alaska, the Bering Sea, Baja and the High Arctic, including Greenland, the Canadian Arctic and Iceland. His 25 years as a professional wildlife photographer has granted him international publication credits included in magazines such as Geo Germany, Geo France, Natural History, Audubon, National Wildlife and Ranger Rick, as well as more than a hundred books.

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James Napoli

Video Chronicler

Jim was born in rural New England where he quickly developed an appreciation for the outdoors and a love of exploration.  Four years with the U.S. Navy further enhanced his appetite for travel. Always interested in the visual arts, he studied Television at Boston University and Northeast College of Communications, landing his first job in the industry working as an editor at a Boston television station. His wanderlust drew him to a job with two major cruise lines; installing and managing broadcast centers onboard a total of over a dozen ships. He has since moved on to specialize in expedition travel and wildlife productions.  

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