Magdalena Bay

Feb 05, 2020 - National Geographic Sea Bird


National Geographic Sea Bird was filled with smiles and excitement this morning. Today was our last day in the gray whale birthing lagoons on the Pacific side of Baja California Sur. We came here to spend three days observing adult male, adult female, and newborn calves in shallow lagoons. These whales spend only a few months a year here before they begin a migration of up to 3,000 miles north along the coastline of North America to feed in cold, nutrient-rich waters, then return south the following winter. The Magdalena Bay lagoon is lined with a variety of mangrove trees which create a healthy habitat for diverse species of bird life.

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Christine West

Undersea Specialist

Christine was fortunate to grow up in the Pacific Northwest on the shores of the Puget Sound. After graduating from the University of Washington, she decided to pursue her love of the ocean and exploration. Her passion for marine biology has inspired her through over 4,000 scuba dives around the globe in temperate and cold-water conditions, as well as snorkeling and freediving in extraordinary habitats such as in river beds with spawning salmon, in recently de-glaciated bays and lagoons filled with ice and glacial silt and in deep blue water with large marine animals including humpback whales, hammerhead sharks and pilot whales.

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