Bahía Almejas, Baja California Sur

Feb 18, 2020 - National Geographic Sea Lion

We remain anchored at the vicinity of Isla Santa Margarita, close to California peninsula the Bahía Almejas (Clam Bay) where we had our second opportunity to go whalewatching, looking for the group of gray whales that reproduces in this lagoon.

First thing in the morning, wellness therapist Allison Dickey and a group of enthusiastic guests did the morning stretch class prior to our outing to watch whales.

We went out in the company of the local pangueros who live in the close town of Puerto Chale and in good weather conditions. We had close views of the adult gray whales that congregate in this lagoon, the southernmost portion of their winter breeding grounds in Mexico.

We also had a second opportunity to do kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding as well as natural history walks into the island of Santa Margarita and we finished our day with a delicious dinner at the beach and a bonfire, organized by the galley and the hotel department of National Geographic Sea lion.

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Octavio Maravilla


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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