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Magdelena Bay
  • Daily Expedition Reports
  • 19 Dec 2019

Magdelena Bay, 12/19/2019, National Geographic Venture

  • Aboard the National Geographic Venture
  • Baja California

Magdelena Bay is a legendary place on the Pacific side of Baja California Sur. Famous for many reasons, it was the sight of our second day of exploration in BCS, Mexico. A place sparsely populated with people but rich in marine life, as well as long-shore drift, it made for excellent beach combing. The land was in a shocking state of green after the recent rains, and nearly every desert plant was in lush pigment and flower. The sea surface was glassy as we took to the water for kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding. After our morning operations we packed up and took to the seas by ship just outside the bay. We were making our way south, but not in a hurry just yet, as the rich waters nearby can often bring charismatic megafauna – and it certainly did. At least three humpback whales appeared and kept us company for hours, all the while performing tail-lobs, spy hopping and full breaching. The sun set in glorious Baja fashion again, as we were on our way to Cabo.

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