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Searcher Natural History Tours Whalewatching, pelagic birding, and wildlife weekends in Southern California and Baja California
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A boatload of beautiful birders, rock star leaders and a whiteboard FULL of sightings...twas a great week at sea! Photos...
09/10/2021

A boatload of beautiful birders, rock star leaders and a whiteboard FULL of sightings...twas a great week at sea!

Photos thanks to @orcawatcher2

#bajawhalesandwildlife #seabirds

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09/10/2021

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Black-footed albatross eating tuna scraps
09/09/2021

Black-footed albatross eating tuna scraps

Black-footed albatross eating tuna scraps

"A Super Day!" with Todd McGrath David Pereksta Dave Povey and Ryan Terrill
09/09/2021
2021 Pelagic Birding Tour-Day 2 report (Sep 8) - Bajawhale.com

"A Super Day!" with Todd McGrath David Pereksta Dave Povey and Ryan Terrill

View Larger Image 2021 Pelagic Birding Tour-Day 2 report (Sep 8) Hello birders, We found Black-footed albatross (coming in for a landing and getting fed with tuna scraps), Sooty and Pink-footed shearwaters, and a blue whale close to the boat. It fluked after the first surfacing and tried on the seco...

Day 2 Pelagic Birding Tour with Todd McGrath David Pereksta Dave Povey and Ryan Terrill report just posted
09/08/2021
2021 Pelagic Birding Tour-Day 2 report (Sep 7) - Bajawhale.com

Day 2 Pelagic Birding Tour with Todd McGrath David Pereksta Dave Povey and Ryan Terrill report just posted

View Larger Image 2021 Pelagic Birding Tour-Day 2 report (Sep 7) Hello birders, We started today at Santa Barbara island viewing Brown and Blue-footed bo***es. There is a pair of Blue-footed bo***es and about 100 Brown bo***es. Everyone got great looks at both. After leaving the island we had a fly-...

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09/07/2021

Photos from Searcher Natural History Tours's post

Day 1 report is in and it sounds like a busy afternoon offshore San Diego! Thanks to leaders  Todd McGrath David Perekst...
09/07/2021
2021 Pelagic Birding Tour-Day 1 report (Sep 6) - Bajawhale.com

Day 1 report is in and it sounds like a busy afternoon offshore San Diego! Thanks to leaders Todd McGrath David Pereksta Dave Povey and Ryan Terrill.

View Larger Image 2021 Pelagic Birding Tour-Day 1 report (Sep 6) Hello birders, We enjoyed a very productive and busy first day all within 30 miles of San Diego! Shearwaters (black vented, pink-footed and sooty), storm petrels (black, Townsends and ashy), Sabines gull, Artic and common terns, jaeger...

09/07/2021

Captain Sean prepares for the birding trip ahead!

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09/07/2021

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Photos from Searcher Natural History Tours's post
06/01/2021

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04/14/2021

In honor of #WhaleWednesday we are sharing this delightful encounter with pilot whales aboard Searcher in Sea of Cortez.
Video by Paul A. Jones, enjoyed by our passengers and crew alike!

Snapshots from a favorite stop on our tour: Isla San Benito.Northern elephant seals, beautiful botany, Guadalupe fur sea...
03/27/2021

Snapshots from a favorite stop on our tour: Isla San Benito.Northern elephant seals, beautiful botany, Guadalupe fur seas, nesting osprey, lizards and more. Sometimes it's best to sit on a rock and just take it all in!
Photos by Chris Earley

Breathe like a blue whale, slowly and deeply, as we re-join the world and explore nature! Our tours watch for up to a do...
03/23/2021

Breathe like a blue whale, slowly and deeply, as we re-join the world and explore nature!
Our tours watch for up to a dozen different whales, including Baja California's blues.
[email protected] Earley

Breathe like a blue whale, slowly and deeply, as we re-join the world and explore nature!
Our tours watch for up to a dozen different whales, including Baja California's blues.
[email protected] Earley

Gray whale memories from previous years and looking forward to 2021! Kuyima Tours18 March abundance estimate: 127 whales...
03/20/2021

Gray whale memories from previous years and looking forward to 2021! Kuyima Tours
18 March abundance estimate: 127 whales (89 singles, 19 mother/calf pairs)
(photo thanks to Chris Earley)

Gray whale memories from previous years and looking forward to 2021! Kuyima Tours
18 March abundance estimate: 127 whales (89 singles, 19 mother/calf pairs)
(photo thanks to Chris Earley)

Estimated abundance for gray whales in Laguna San Ignacio posted! Thank you Laguna San Ignacio Ecosystem Science Program...
03/08/2021
March 7 in Laguna San Ignacio - Bajawhale.com

Estimated abundance for gray whales in Laguna San Ignacio posted! Thank you Laguna San Ignacio Ecosystem Science Program and Kuyima Tours for recording and sharing information.

View Larger Image March 7 in Laguna San Ignacio Researchers in Laguna San Ignacio reported the following estimated numbers of gray whales during their 7 Mar 2021 census: 16 mother/calf pairs and 101 singles for a total of 133 whales 2021-03-08T13:08:08-08:00March 8th, 2021|Census| Share This Story,....

Where can you whalewatch for a dozen different whales and dolphins? Baja California, Mexico! Blue, fin, gray, humpback, ...
03/05/2021

Where can you whalewatch for a dozen different whales and dolphins? Baja California, Mexico! Blue, fin, gray, humpback, Bryde’s, and s***m whales can be found in the rich waters of the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez. Join our 12-day adventure aboard Searcher and perhaps find a new whale for each day of the trip! Worldwide Quest Naturetrek Wildlife Holidays The Travelling Naturalist Birdwatching & Wildlife Holidays
https://www.bajawhale.com/wildlife-tours/baja-whale-watching-tours/

Where can you whalewatch for a dozen different whales and dolphins? Baja California, Mexico! Blue, fin, gray, humpback, Bryde’s, and s***m whales can be found in the rich waters of the Pacific Ocean and Sea of Cortez. Join our 12-day adventure aboard Searcher and perhaps find a new whale for each day of the trip! Worldwide Quest Naturetrek Wildlife Holidays The Travelling Naturalist Birdwatching & Wildlife Holidays
https://www.bajawhale.com/wildlife-tours/baja-whale-watching-tours/

Happy #whale 🐋 Wednesday! We have a great photo of a gray whale saying hi.
03/03/2021

Happy #whale 🐋 Wednesday! We have a great photo of a gray whale saying hi.

Happy #whale 🐋 Wednesday! We have a great photo of a gray whale saying hi.

Another gray whale abundance estimate from staff at Laguna San Ignacio. More mothers and calves now!
02/27/2021
February 24 in Laguna San Ignacio - Bajawhale.com

Another gray whale abundance estimate from staff at Laguna San Ignacio. More mothers and calves now!

View Larger Image February 24 in Laguna San Ignacio Researchers in Laguna San Ignacio reported the following numbers of gray whales during their 24 Feb 2021 census: 26 mother/calf pairs and 95 singles for a total of 147 whales 2021-02-27T11:34:55-08:00February 27th, 2021|Census| Share This Story, Ch...

Ready to travel again? Wildlife awaits in Baja California: whalewatching, island and peninsula birding and snorkeling, n...
02/24/2021

Ready to travel again? Wildlife awaits in Baja California: whalewatching, island and peninsula birding and snorkeling, nature photography and much more! Tours in 2022 are available now. Join us for a special journey with wildlife encounters and observations. Naturetrek Wildlife Holidays Worldwide Quest The Travelling Naturalist Birdwatching & Wildlife Holidays (Thanks to @Chris Garcia for photo of gray whales in Laguna San Ignacio.)

Ready to travel again? Wildlife awaits in Baja California: whalewatching, island and peninsula birding and snorkeling, nature photography and much more! Tours in 2022 are available now. Join us for a special journey with wildlife encounters and observations. Naturetrek Wildlife Holidays Worldwide Quest The Travelling Naturalist Birdwatching & Wildlife Holidays (Thanks to @Chris Garcia for photo of gray whales in Laguna San Ignacio.)

New Gray Whale update from the Lagoon
02/23/2021
February 20 in Laguna San Ignacio - Bajawhale.com

New Gray Whale update from the Lagoon

Researchers in Laguna San Ignacio (UABCS) report the following numbers of gray whales during their 20 Feb 2021 census: 8 mother/calf pairs and 90 singles for a total of 106 whales

San Diego Bird Festival pelagic trip on 19 February had a list of good sightings. Congrats to leaders and gratitude for ...
02/22/2021
San Diego Bird Festival Pelagic trip report - Bajawhale.com

San Diego Bird Festival pelagic trip on 19 February had a list of good sightings. Congrats to leaders and gratitude for good weather! Dave Povey (Todd McGrath photo from a previous year's trip aboard Searcher)

San Diego Bird Festival Pelagic trip report On 19 February, the San Diego Bird Festival pelagic trip travelled out to the 9-Mile Bank and off La Jolla. Here is the sightings report: “We enjoyed fairly light seas and overall good weather. The highlight of the trip was the individual Manx Shearwater...

Gray whales, including mothers/calves, arriving to Laguna San Ignacio! Laguna San Ignacio Ecosystem Science Program
02/17/2021
February 15 in Laguna San Ignacio - Bajawhale.com

Gray whales, including mothers/calves, arriving to Laguna San Ignacio! Laguna San Ignacio Ecosystem Science Program

Researchers in Laguna San Ignacio (UABCS) report the following numbers of gray whales during their 15 Feb 2021 census: 14 mother/calf pairs and 67 singles for a total of 95 whales

NEW! 2020 sightings report just posted. (Scroll down to Sightings Archive.)Check out what David Pereksta @Todd McGrath a...
02/15/2021
Pelagic Birding Tours - Bajawhale.com

NEW! 2020 sightings report just posted. (Scroll down to Sightings Archive.)
Check out what David Pereksta @Todd McGrath and @Dave Povey found out there in September 2020.
Wishing you could get aboard? How about bidding on a FREE spot via the San Diego Bird Festival silent auction? Lots of good birding items, including our tour, can be found in the auction. Or book a spot for Sep 6-10, 2021.

Spend several days offshore over deep-water canyons, underwater seamounts, and around islands of the southern California bight. Our 5-day tour travels north over the 9 Mile Bank, weaves through the Channel Islands, and continues past Point Conception to Arguello Canyon, Rodriguez Dome, San Juan Seam...

Happy Valentine's day from Team Searcher
02/14/2021

Happy Valentine's day from Team Searcher

Happy Valentine's day from Team Searcher

San Diego Bird Festival opened its virtual silent auction and there's still time to win a spot on our 2021 trip for a gr...
02/07/2021
Bidding Open for a Free 5-day Pelagic Birding Tour! - Bajawhale.com

San Diego Bird Festival opened its virtual silent auction and there's still time to win a spot on our 2021 trip for a great price! Click link for details.
(Photo thanks to Alisa Schulman-Janiger)

View Larger Image Bidding Open for a Free 5-day Pelagic Birding Tour! San Diego’s Bird Festival virtual silent auction is now open for bids! You could win a spot on this trip for a good deal AND benefit the San Diego Audubon Society. The rest of the festival will be held in a hybrid model (virtual...

Get your bids in early for a spot on our Labor Day 5-day pelagic birding tour! The silent auction is OPEN now!
02/05/2021

Get your bids in early for a spot on our Labor Day 5-day pelagic birding tour! The silent auction is OPEN now!

Kuyima Tours has shared their gray whale census numbers for this week in Laguna San Ignacio!
02/03/2021
February 2 in Laguna San Ignacio - Bajawhale.com

Kuyima Tours has shared their gray whale census numbers for this week in Laguna San Ignacio!

Our partners in Laguna San Ignacio report the following numbers of gray whales during their 2 Feb 2021 census: 9 mother/calf pairs and 32 singles for a total of 50 whales

San Diego Bird Festival's silent (virtual) auction is now OPEN! Great opportunity for birding related items...including ...
02/02/2021

San Diego Bird Festival's silent (virtual) auction is now OPEN! Great opportunity for birding related items...including a free spot on our 5-day Pelagic Birding Tour! Searcher Natural History Tours

The 2021 San Diego Bird Festival will feature a silent auction, which will open on Feb 1. The auction is online, so you can participate from anywhere!
Stay tuned for links to access the auction, which will feature optics and gear, experiences, books, and more! You might get a great deal!

Are you wondering how gray whales are doing in Laguna San Ignacio this season? So are we!
02/01/2021
Gray Whale Research updates from Baja Lagoon - Bajawhale.com

Are you wondering how gray whales are doing in Laguna San Ignacio this season? So are we!

View Larger Image Gray Whale Research updates from Baja Lagoon Are you wondering how gray whales are doing in Laguna San Ignacio this season? So are we! We won’t be visiting the lagoon this year with our usual ecotourism trips, but we want to stay informed about the whales and about our good frien...

TODAY!! Tune in!⁠The American Cetacean Society @americancetaceansociety⁠ will be hosting a Virtual Conference⁠Date: Satu...
01/30/2021

TODAY!! Tune in!⁠
The American Cetacean Society @americancetaceansociety⁠
will be hosting a Virtual Conference⁠
Date: Saturday, January 30 (9:30am to 5pm*).

TODAY!! Tune in!⁠
The American Cetacean Society @americancetaceansociety⁠
will be hosting a Virtual Conference⁠
Date: Saturday, January 30 (9:30am to 5pm*).

Tomorrow! ⁠⁠Save-the-Date⁠The American Cetacean Society @americancetaceansociety⁠ will be hosting a Virtual Conference⁠D...
01/29/2021

Tomorrow! ⁠

Save-the-Date⁠
The American Cetacean Society @americancetaceansociety⁠
will be hosting a Virtual Conference⁠
Date: Saturday, January 30 (9:30am to 5pm*). Stay tuned for more schedule and registration information. The conference will be FREE of charge.

Tomorrow! ⁠

Save-the-Date⁠
The American Cetacean Society @americancetaceansociety⁠
will be hosting a Virtual Conference⁠
Date: Saturday, January 30 (9:30am to 5pm*). Stay tuned for more schedule and registration information. The conference will be FREE of charge.

Memorial Day Weekend (May 28-31): It’s a great time to get offshore to deep-water pelagic zones to search out exciting s...
01/26/2021

Memorial Day Weekend (May 28-31): It’s a great time to get offshore to deep-water pelagic zones to search out exciting seabirds such as Cook’s Petrels, Scripps’ Murrelets, Black-footed and Laysan Albatross; Black, Leach’s and Ashy Storm-petrels; Brown and other Bo***es; South Polar Skua; Pomarine, Parasitic, and Long-tailed Jaegers; and Arctic Terns. Plus we’ll have a long list of usual species found in our waters, often gathering around underwater banks, mounts, and canyons. This trip is limited to ABA-waters, including coverage of the southern-most areas of it.

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2838 Garrison St
San Diego, CA
92106

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(619) 226-2403

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Thoroughly enjoyed my first (but not last!) Pelagic trip on the Searcher! It was a great week!
Hot off the easel, here's a painting inspired by our recent trip on The Searcher. one memorable laye afternoon in the Sea of Cortez off the coast at Bahia Agua Verde we were surrounded by about 15 Blue whales, some lunge-feeding right next to the boat. (Acrylic on paper, 30cm x 45cm). A fantastic trip all round - thanks guys!!!
Thank you, Art, Marc, Chris, Andrew, and the entire crew of The Searcher for an unforgettable, spectacular trip that will be with me forever. Thank you for the experience of a lifetime and for all you do and did to make that possible. Best wishes as you embark on the last trip of the season! ❤️❤️❤️ I still cannot believe I was part of this incredible journey just a few days ago! Best to all of you and many thanks!