For our last morning of exploration in the lagoon system of Magdalena Bay, we went to shore on the southern end of Isla Magdalena in Man o’ War Cove. This area is named for its history of use in the American Navy – for drills and target practice mainly – but is now an excellent protected bay for kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and looking for shorebirds as the tide goes out. Those that were looking to stretch their legs a bit more took off across the sand dunes that seem to stretch endlessly towards the Pacific Ocean, to be rewarded with beautiful shells and views of a multitude of whales off the coast. Within the dune ecosystem, guests learned about the unique adaptations of the plants that are able to survive on the ever-changing environments of sand being blown across the Magdalena Plains. Some terrestrial animals also live within the dunes, burrowing beneath the surface to stay cool during the heat of the day. Guests saw evidence of coyotes, mice, snakes, chuckwallas, and globose dune beetles (just to name a few).