Magdalena Bay

Jan 24, 2020 - National Geographic Sea Lion


This glorious bay is famous for the gray whales that make their way here from feeding grounds thousands of miles to the north. But the whales are not the only spectacle that make this place so unique and special. There are also sprawling mangroves teeming with seabirds and shorebirds as well as sand dunes full of diversity in spite of dry, harsh conditions. Today, we sailed from the southern-most inlet of Magdalena Bay to the Bay’s northern extent, exploring the other biological wonders the area has to offer along the way. Throughout the morning we transited the narrow passageway of the Hull Canal and got close views of ospreys, pelicans, and coyotes, among others. Our destination was an anchorage just off the small fishing town of Lopez Mateos that offered us yet another opportunity to board our Zodiacs in search of gray whales and land on the beaches to explore the sand dunes. Guests took the entire afternoon to search this northern side of Magdalena Bay for wildlife and were not disappointed. With encounters of more gray whales and wide range of different shore birds and sea birds, we are beginning to understand the full story of Bahia Magdalena and its diversity.

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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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