Isla Murcielago and Bahia Santa Elena

Dec 13, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Lion

National Geographic Sea Lion anchored this morning off Isla Murcielago. Olive Ridley turtle tracks were found on the portions of the beach where female turtles layed their egg clutches the night before. Guests enjoyed grand island vistas, hikes, and tropical fish on the snorkel.

Birgit Bruhleier our onboard National Geographic expert gave a presentation on the development and use of the critter cam that she and her husband pioneered. A fascinating talk and subject.

The evening’s sunset over Bahia Santa Elena closed out our day with calls of parrots along the shore of the tropical dry forest seeking an evening roost.

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Daniel Baldwin


An educator at heart, Dan finds great joy in opening doors for others to explore and connect with the world around them. He has taught marine sciences in the Florida Keys and on Catalina Island, and science and math in international schools in Mexico, Costa Rica, and the South Pacific. 

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Frank Simms


Frank is a naturalist guide with a long career path involving his beloved Costa Rica. He grew up in Escazu, a small town surrounded by blue and green mountains in the Central Valley. His admiration for nature and wildlife turned him into an autodidact photographer, and he feels most comfortable, relaxed and happy when sharing his knowledge with visitors.

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