Santa Cruz

Sep 29, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Lion


The first day of the trip started with a beautiful sunrise and a strong northerly breeze. National Geographic Sea Lion cruised west to the island of Santa Cruz for the afternoon’s activities. On the way, the ship was interrupted by a super pod of common dolphins and several playful California sea lions. After lunch everyone hopped into expedition landing crafts for small boat adventures around the cove. The dive team was able to slip below the waves and see what was living in the beautiful kelp forests below. The day ended with some extra fun as several people went for a swim in the cool Pacific Ocean.

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About the Author

Adam Maire

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Naturalist, underwater videographer, captain, and historian, Adam Maire is dedicated to exploring around the globe with a goal of researching, documenting, and teaching others about the beauty, the power and the importance of the earth’s wild places. With degrees in animal science, history and a Scuba Diving Instructor certification, he is passionate about finding extraordinary ways to help others understand the links between the worlds that exist both above and below the surface of the ocean. As a temperate and cold-water diver, he is able to capture video and images of rarely seen marine life to create real connections with the underwater world.

About the Videographer

Ashley Karitis

Video Chronicler

Ashley was raised in Central Oregon where she spent her childhood ski racing, riding horses, playing classical piano, and working summer jobs on a dude ranch. She then attended the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles earning degrees in cinema-television, history, and international relations. Although immersed in the studies of narrative filmmaking, she gravitated toward the process, deeper on-camera conversations, and scientific and human themes explored in documentary production.

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