Category: Baja


Macro Life in Baja

 

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There are so many WOW moments while exploring the wonders of Baja….gliding alongside a whale shark, the world’s largest fish, bracing as a massive mama gray whale gently nudges our tiny ponga boat or a 90 foot blue whale emerges next to us with an explosive breath.

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However, I am always fascinated by the intricate details of life as we explore Baja….the grains of sand on a newwborn sea turtle’s back, a tiny shrimp mimicing the tube feet of a sea star, the vibrant hues of a pufferfish eye.

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Our next Baja adventure is February 2017, join us at http://www.bluewaterventures.org!

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Gray Whale Encounter: Baja

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Our new whale camp provided by our amazing Mexican Outfitters, Mar y Aventuras is truly outstanding. Each day, mama gray whales and their offspring chose close and intimate encounters with us. There was never a session in which this unbelievable and profound blending of two species did not occur.

Baja whale camp was a joyful and moving celebration of these magnificent mammals who offer so many lessons to teach us. Slaughtered to near extinction in the lagoons of Baja, Gray whales now gently bring their offspring to us. What is the message conveyed to their young?

What are the lessons we are taught by these gentle giants. Why do they choose to approach us? Our tiny ponga is dwarfed by mama’s massive size as she glides gently below the hull of our boat. I am humbled and moved. Join our next Baja adventure with http://www.bluewaterventures.org

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We are back from one of the most profound wildlife encounters of my 30 year career as a naturalist…..Gray Whales of Baja featuring our new whale camp with http://www.bluewaterventures.org. Thanks to our incredible Mexican Outfitter, Mar y Aventuras~top notch!

Join Blue Water Ventures each February in the Lagoons of Baja

Baby Sea Turtles of Baja

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Journey of the Baby Sea Turtle

DCIM100GOPRODuring our last few days in Baja. we joined the volunteers at Grupo Tortuguero de Todos Santos AC. Here is  their Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/GrupoTortuguerodeTodosSantosAC/
The Castillo family welcomed our participation in their efforts to help save the endangered olive ridley sea turtles. We were humbled and honored to be a part of the program. As the sun dipped below the blue horizon, we watched 100’s of little tortugas erupt out of the Baja sand. We then carried them a bit closer to the water’s edge preventing any land predators from taking their toll.
As the little tortugas labored towards the water’s edge, valuable information is gathered in a process known as imprinting. Several decades later and after thousands of miles of open ocean swimming, female olive ridleys will return to the beach they were born at. There in the darkness of night she will deposit her own clutch of eggs and the life cycle continues.
To swim among the massive whale sharks then witness the little turtle’s incredible journey will remain on our Blue Water bucket list…..join us next November on our warm water Baja adventure at http://www.bluewaterventures.org.

The Best of Baja

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Every february Blue Water Ventures travels to the whale breeding lagoons of Baja and the Sea of Cortez teaming up with our incredible local outfitter, Mar Y Aventuras. For 10 action packed days, we snorkel with sea lions, observe reef fish, sea kayak, beachcomb and hope for a ‘friendly” encounter with the California gray whales of Magdalena Bay.

Baja Highlights
* Kayaking through mangroves and from our secluded base camp of Espiritu Santo Island in the Sea of Cortez

* Unforgettable Encounters with Cailfornia Gray Whales, Magdalena Bay on Baja’s Pacific Coast

* Snorkeling with Sea Lions and Colorful Reef Fish in the blue waters of Baja

* Beach combing for treasures along beautiful deserted beaches

* Delicious local seafood caught and prepared by our Mexican Crew

* Skiff supported base camps with spacious tents

* Naturalist-led hikes, snorkeling excursions and whale encounters

* Sunrises and Sunsets over magnificent desert scenery

*Swimming alongside a filter feeding harmless shark that may be over 30 feet in length


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Considered a pelagic wanderer, The Atlantic Devil Ray, Mobula hypostoma searches for its preferred  prey, crustaceans such as shrimp and krill. Employing  its  cephalic fins to focus  food towards  its mouth, it sometimes feeds in shoals along the Florida Gulf Coast.

Each year, Blue Water Ventures travels to the Sea of Cortez on a 10 day expedition where we sometimes have the extraordinary experience of snorkeling with Mobulas as shown in the video.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALacking a defensive spine, Mobulas find protection through sheer speed and in the company of other rays. Their common name “devil ray” is derived from the curled appearance of their cephalic fins when not in the feeding mode.

 

Blue Whales of The Sea Of Cortez

While Island Hopping in the Sea of Cortez, we encountered the largest animal on earth, the majestic blue whale. Reaching a length of over 100 feet, blues sustain themselves on a diet of krill, a tiny crustacean. Hunted to near extinction in the 1920’s, blue whales are thought to use the Sea of Cortez as a nursery area.

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Baby blues are born 25 feet in length and 6000 pounds. Consuming 100-150 gallons of milk per day, calves may gain 10 pounds per hour and are weaned after 6 months.

The California coast supports the world’s largest concentration of blue whales. Monterey Bay is a summer feeding ground for the endangered blue whales.

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Each day we have  new discoveries during our  yearly Baja Adventure to the Sea of Cortez and Magdalena Bay. Our Baja programs are offered each year late January through February.

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Today we snorkeled among 100’s of Golden Cow Nose Rays…..simply magnificent!

Capable of detecting the weak bioelectric fields of their prey such as benthic clams, these incredible cartilaginous fish are amazing to observe at such close range.  Related to the majestic spotted eagle rays, the golden cownose  rays  have a defensive spine at the base of their tale.