Bahia Almejas

Mar 12, 2020 - National Geographic Venture

This morning we woke up anchored offshore of Isla Margarita in the southern region of Magdalena Bay; a remote area of ocean where we tend to see single adult gray whales coming to court and mate. After a beautiful sunrise, we went out with local guides who took us on two rounds of whale watching from their pangas, rugged and seaworthy fishing boats converted for whale watching. After many encounters with adult gray whales and dolphins, we headed back to the ship for an afternoon of margaritas and talks as we repositioned the ship northward for our full day of whale watching tomorrow.

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Katie Mills-Orcutt

Naturalist/Expedition Diver

Katie Mo started her career as a naturalist on Catalina Island where she taught marine science outdoor education and SCUBA diving. Her passion for conservation biology then led her to pursue a Masters degree in marine science at Western Washington University, studying restoration methods of the local pinto abalone. She has been diving around the world but some of her favorite spots include the Pacific Northwest, Mediterranean, and the beautiful kelp forests off the California coast where she was first certified to breathe underwater. It is her continued mission to educate and inspire others, and hopefully make an ocean lover out of everyone she meets.

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