Bahía Almejas and Isla Santa Margarita

Feb 14, 2020 - National Geographic Venture

Love was in the air this Valentine’s Day, in more ways than one, as we explored the waters and shore of Bahía Almejas.  Gray whales migrate to this bay to mate and give birth, and we were gifted with memorable views of these gray whales on the final day of our “Among the Great Whales” itinerary.  In late afternoon we paddled the bay and went ashore on Isla Santa Margarita to explore the desert.  Our evening concluded with captain’s dinner and photos, videos, and stories shared among laughter and love.

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Chelsea Leven


Time among frogs and hardwood forests established Chelsea’s love for the outdoors as a child in the snowbelt of northeast Ohio. Impelled by curiosity about the natural world, she signed up for field trips in college, earning a geology degree from Amherst College, and studying marine ecology in New Zealand. Snapshots from ensuing science positions include scuba diving research, paleoclimate studies in Chile’s Atacama Desert, and warming bags of live bats against her belly.

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