Los Islotes and Espiritu Santo National Park

Apr 20, 2019 - National Geographic Venture


The architypical experience of Espiritu Santo National Park, and perhaps all of the Sea of Cortez, is to get in the water and snorkel with the charming and graceful California sea lions. It was for just this purpose that National Geographic Venture arrived at Los Islotes this morning.

Lindblad and National Geographic have a vested and historical interest in the conservation of Los Islotes and indeed all of Espiritu Santo National Park. The area was purchased by the Nature Conservancy with funding from our joint partnership and donated back to Mexico as a national park. Our final afternoon came to a dramatic finish when we found a mother and calf whale making short dives and at least one blue whale! The largest animal on earth and an epic finale to one of our most eventful days yet!

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James Hyde

Naturalist

James is your typical free-range Pacific Northwest outdoorsy type. Born in Seattle and reared nearby on Vashon Island, he is most comfortable in slightly cold and damp weather. James joined the Lindblad team in July 2016 as a dive buddy and has been in love with expedition travel since. On his own he has traveled to Europe, Asia, and Australia, but with Lindblad he hopes to continue his adventures across the globe, searching out the beauties of the natural world. An avid scuba diver James can’t help being excited about whales, sharks, and pinnipeds, but he will also happily bend your ear about underwater slugs and invertebrates. It’s best just to humor him about these things.

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Ashley Karitis

Video Chronicler

Ashley was raised in the foothills of the Cascade Range in Central Oregon. After childhood careers in ski racing, equestrian sports, classical piano, and summer jobs on a dude ranch, she emerged as a unique hybrid of adventuress, hobby farmer, and storyteller. 

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