Playa La Lengua, Bahía Almejas, Baja California Sur

Feb 14, 2020 - National Geographic Sea Lion


Happy Valentine’s Day! 

A wonderful sunrise found us anchored at our destination for the morning’s activities, the Bay of La Lengua (the tongue). This is a new area for us to explore, and it went very well.

Different activities were organized at the beach, ranging from natural history guided hikes of varying lengths, aquatic sports, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding. Everyone on board had a chance to try each and every activity, leading to a full morning in the bay.

After our morning activities, we continued traveling south toward our afternoon destination: the southernmost portion of the Bahia Magdalena complex, known as Almejas Bay. This bay was once closed from whale watching activities, but opened again in 2017, with permits issued to local fisherman working during the winter. We had very good views of adult gray whales, which were circling the waters looking for mating partners, continuing the life cycle of this amazing species. We also witnessed behaviors such as spy-hopping, breaching, and more mature-male-to-female pursuits, looking for love!

We finished our day with a delicious dinner and bonfire on the beach, organized by the galley and hotel department of National Geographic Sea Lion.

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About the Author

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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