Bahia Santa Maria and Canal de la Magdalena

Feb 18, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird

The first day of our exploration aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird started in the quiet waters of the Magdalena Coastal Lagoon, right in front of San Carlos town. Guests and naturalists disembarked and walked on the dunes of the long, sandy, wonderful, and 60-miles long barrier island called Magdalena. We observed a multitude of tracks form jackrabbits, coyotes, white-footed mice, hermit and ghost crabs, and found the marvelous dune plants clustered in green and red carpets all over the place. On the Pacific side, thousands of different shells were awaiting for us to enjoy and photographing them. Some of our guest met scallops, pen shells, fig snails, tivela clams, white Venus and other types of the amazing mollusks, whose antiquity as a group is about 500 million years. Later, a local navigation adviser named Sergio joined us to cruise northward along the narrow canal, and all aboard observed mangroves, and sea and shore birds under a light refreshing rain. As we crossed the nursery area of the gray whales, called La Florida, we started to see the first mothers and calves. At the end of the day in this ecosystem, our guests and staff landed in the little, fancy pier of Adolfo Lopez Mateos, and explored part of this little town.

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Adrian Cerda


Adrian studied biology at the national Autonomous University of Mexico. In 1991 the Wildlife Preservation Trust of Jersey, on Britain's Channel Islands, awarded Adrian with a scholarship to its prestigious 16-week training program in Captive Management and Breeding of Endangered Species. This pioneering course of study is responsible for the conservation and rescue of countless species on the verge of disappearance. While there, Adrian also received a six month diploma in endangered species management.

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