Loreto Bay National Marine Park and Puerto Gato, Baja California Peninsula

Mar 11, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird


The first day of our voyage began near Isla del Carmen, where the tall, columnar spout of a whale rose in the distance. We experienced fabulous views of a blue whale, and another, as the morning progressed. Later, dolphins, seabirds, and a humpback whale surrounded us in a wild feeding frenzy. In the afternoon, we landed on the Baja California Peninsula for hikes, snorkeling, and kayaking.

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Gretchen Pederson

Naturalist

Gretchen became intrigued by plants, animals, and the out-of-doors at an early age while growing up in the San Francisco Bay area. Tolerant and encouraging parents permitted almost any pet imaginable, which provided excellent opportunities for her to observe animal behavior. Later, at the University of California, Davis, she focused her studies on zoology before completing a Master of Science degree in wildlife biology at Humboldt State University. As a graduate student, through a U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant, she researched the feeding ecology of mallards and northern pintails, a project that combined her interests in ornithology, botany, and invertebrate zoology - all lifelong passions that she still pursues today.

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