Boca De La Soledad, Hull Canal, Bahia Magdalena

Jan 26, 2020 - National Geographic Sea Lion


Today we had our last opportunity to do whale watching on Boca de la Soledad for gray whales, but it happened to be early in the morning. At 6:30 a.m. we heard the gentle voice of expedition leader Larry Prusin to wake up to the first group of adventures. We all had the chance to follow and photograph mothers, calves, and singles in very calm waters during the morning. When we leave our gray whales, we traveled back the Hull Canal looking for the variety of birds and colors of the background, with the sand dunes, the mangroves and the cloudy skies.

Our final stop today was at El Barril, a huge lagoon surrounded by mangroves in high tides that allows for all kinds of aquatic activities like kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and natural history cruising along the mangroves.

A wonderful way to end our trip to the whales of the Magdalena Bay.

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Octavio Maravilla

Naturalist

Octavio was born in Mexico City and moved to La Paz at age 19, to study Marine Biology at the Baja California Sur State University. He began his field research on California sea lions, working at Los Islotes, a small rookery close to La Paz City. Later, he expanded his research to all the sea lion colonies in the Gulf of California and over the Pacific coast of the Baja California Peninsula — aside sea lions, he studied three other species of Mexican pinnipeds, harbor seals, elephant seals, and Guadalupe fur seals.

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