At Sea

Jan 16, 2019 - National Geographic Venture


National Geographic Venture departed Cabo San Lucas last night. We sailed all night and all day today, on our way to San Ignacio Lagoon, where we will arrive tomorrow. We had a very nice day, which started with a beautiful sunrise near Isla Santa Margarita, one of the four islands that form Bahia Magdalena. The mountains of these exotic terrains were adorned with thick fog sitting on their summits, and the early morning light made them look spectacular.

We had many sightings of marine mammals. Early on, we were followed by a pod of long beaked common dolphins, a few California sea lions, and we saw distant whale blows. We saw many humpback whales today. We stopped several times to observe and photograph the amazing behavior that humpback whales displayed today. We saw countless breaches, tail slaps and pectoral fin slaps, some far and some not so far. On one occasion we had a perfectly synchronized double breach, which took most of us by surprise.

Throughout the day we spent time looking for wildlife. Bird watching enthusiasts added a few species to their lists, like the Xanthus’s murrelet. Black-vented shearwater and Heerman’s gulls.  We also saw many young brown pelicans, magnificent frigate birds, and a number of tricky-to-identify gull immatures.

All the sightings, and the mere fact that we are sailing the open Pacific Ocean, made this a special day.

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About the Author

Alberto Montaudon

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Alberto fell in love with nature as a young child. Born and raised in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico, he spent most of his childhood exploring the Chairlel Lagoon and the Tamesi River. Each morning he would patiently wait in his rowboat for sunrise to witness the great groups of migrating birds that would land on the water. His father taught him from a very early age to understand, love, and respect nature. As a result of his upbringing, Alberto became biologist and decided to follow his passion and became a naturalist. At age 21, Alberto began working with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic in Baja California. Since then he has been sharing interests that range from bird biology to undersea exploration to wildlife photography with thousands of guests.

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