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🐋Happy #Whale Wednesday! 🐋 This is a truly incredible photo. ⁠📸 by Team Searcher⁠Report from San Ignacio Lagoon is in:⁠⁠...
02/05/2020

🐋Happy #Whale Wednesday! 🐋 This is a truly incredible photo. ⁠
📸 by Team Searcher

Report from San Ignacio Lagoon is in:⁠

Singles : 25
Mother & Calf : 4 pairs⁠
Total: 33
Census completed on 4th February 2020⁠

We also have a few spots available for 2020 season which is unheard of. So make sure you book your spot. https://bajawhale.com/

🐋Happy #Whale Wednesday! 🐋 This is a truly incredible photo. ⁠📸 by Gregg Gentry⁠⁠Report from San Ignacio Lagoon is in:⁠⁠...
01/29/2020

🐋Happy #Whale Wednesday! 🐋 This is a truly incredible photo. ⁠
📸 by Gregg Gentry⁠

Report from San Ignacio Lagoon is in:⁠

Singles : 1⁠7⁠
Mother & Calf : 5 pairs⁠
Total: 27⁠
Census completed on 25 January 2020⁠

We also have a few spots available for 2020 season which is unheard of. So make sure you book your spot. https://bajawhale.com/

A few early gray whale numbers are in from Laguna San Ignacio! Ecoturismo Kuyima and Laguna San Ignacio Ecosystem Scienc...
01/29/2020
Captain's Blog - Bajawhale.com

A few early gray whale numbers are in from Laguna San Ignacio! Ecoturismo Kuyima and Laguna San Ignacio Ecosystem Science Program

🐋 Reports from the lagoon are in. Singles : 17 Mother & Calf : 5 pairs Total: 27 Census completed on 25 January 2020⁠ We also have a few spots available for 2020 season which is unheard of. So make sure you book your spot today.

TOMORROW is the Gray whale festival! If you are in San Diego you should come and enjoy. Thank you to American Cetacean S...
01/24/2020

TOMORROW is the Gray whale festival! If you are in San Diego you should come and enjoy. Thank you to American Cetacean Society for putting this on.

🐋 Reports from the lagoon are in for 21 January.Singles : 7Mother & Calf : 2 pairsTotal: 11We also have a few spots avai...
01/22/2020

🐋 Reports from the lagoon are in for 21 January.
Singles : 7
Mother & Calf : 2 pairs
Total: 11

We also have a few spots available for 2020 season which is unheard of. So make sure you book your spot. https://bajawhale.com/

Great look at a gray whale calf! Notice how they swim along/on top of the mother whale during for their long trip south....
01/21/2020

Great look at a gray whale calf! Notice how they swim along/on top of the mother whale during for their long trip south. Thank you to Robin Lowe with Dana Wharf Whale Watch for sharing these wonderful images! (A whale friend has told us about more calves headed to San Diego...and then Baja. We’ll be there to greet them soon!)

Oh what a day ! Look at this happy little baby Gray Whale with Mom, plus a fluke and some Pacific White Sided Dolphin #danawharf ( pics by Robin Lowe )

01/16/2020
ABC News

Beautiful footage of gray whale mother and calf, accompanied by Pacific white-sided dolphins along the migration!

Newborn gray whale swims with dolphins off California coast. https://abcn.ws/2sYNvNC

The first gray whales have entered the lagoon. We are beyond excited. Here is a photo of one of the gray whales. If you ...
01/10/2020

The first gray whales have entered the lagoon. We are beyond excited. Here is a photo of one of the gray whales.

If you have ever wanted to see these gentle giants up close, this maybe your lucky chance. We have a few spots on our 2020 schedule that just became available. These are hard to come by as we are sold out until 2022. If you want to go on a trip of a lifetime sail on over to bajawhale.com and book your spot today.

Photo by Josele Varela Galván

01/08/2020
Dana Wharf Whale Watch

Bravo Dana Wharf Whale Watch! Beautiful capture of mother/calf pair of migrating gray whales.

Mother and baby Gray Whale from the Ocean Adventure catamaran ( with Pacific White Sided Dolphins and Sea Lions!) taken by Captain Frank Brennan

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01/07/2020

Searcher Natural History Tours's cover photo

Congrats to Oceanside Whale Watching! And great hash tag too!
01/04/2020

Congrats to Oceanside Whale Watching! And great hash tag too!

OH BABY! Our first gray whale cow/calf pair of the season! The baby is seen here resting on momma's back. We gave them plenty of space as they have a long tough journey ahead. #SeeABlowGoSlow
Photo by our awesome marine biologist, Lauren Turley.

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12/26/2019

Searcher Natural History Tours's cover photo

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12/23/2019

Searcher Natural History Tours's cover photo

Happy #GivingTuesday. In case you don't know or are unaware of Giving Tuesday, often stylized as #GivingTuesday for the ...
12/03/2019

Happy #GivingTuesday. In case you don't know or are unaware of Giving Tuesday, often stylized as #GivingTuesday for the purposes of activism, refers to the Tuesday after U.S. Thanksgiving. It is a movement to create an international day of charitable giving at the beginning of the Christmas and holiday season.⁠

On this #GivingTuesday we are giving back to a few of our favorite foundations and research groups. Every little bit can go a long way. If you want to donate, here are some we chose on this #GivingTuesday.⁠

Foundations and non-profits:⁠

For whale Sharks:
https://www.whalesharkmexico.com/
or https://www.whalesharkmexico.com/adoption/

For Vaquita:
https://porpoise.org/gifts/adopt-a-porpoise/⁠

For Gray Whales: https://www.sanignaciograywhales.org/donate/

Happy Halloween from Team Searcher.
10/31/2019

Happy Halloween from Team Searcher.

Happy Whale Wednesday! This is an incredible photo was taken by NozoMojo.com of a gray whale on one of our tours. NozoMo...
10/16/2019

Happy Whale Wednesday! This is an incredible photo was taken by NozoMojo.com of a gray whale on one of our tours. NozoMojo.com has 2 spot available on their March 8th- 19th trip. You can join that trip today, head to their website. Nozomojo.com

NoZoMojo outfitter is chartering a 12-day trip and they have 2 spots available for the March 8th- 19th 2020 trip. Have you always wanted to go whale watching? This is your chance to get up close and personal with some of the most beautiful animals as well as gain some amazing knowledge from some of the leading researchers of their field. ⁠

Join our 12-day tour to whale watching for up to a dozen different species: gray, blue, fin, sperm, and humpback whales, and several kinds of dolphins along the Pacific side of Baja California, plus an extension into the rich waters of the Sea of Cortez where even more whales and wildlife are abundant. Explore offshore islands for birding and photography and snorkel with tropical reef fishes. NoZoMojo Whale watching tour!

Kuyima @ecoturismokuyima offered a marine inspired summer camp for local kids, to teaching environmental education to th...
10/12/2019

Kuyima @ecoturismokuyima offered a marine inspired summer camp for local kids, to teaching environmental education to the children at Laguna San Ignacio. We donated to the camp to give scholarship, so the children could attend the summer camp. We wanted to share the photos with you. ⁠

We are big on sharing our ❤️ of the planet/ marine education with the next generation. Education is power. We are so grateful for these these photos and to see the children enjoying summer camp.

Happy World Octopus 🐙 Day! ⁠The octopus is a soft-bodied, eight-limbed mollusc of the order Octopoda. Around 300 species...
10/08/2019

Happy World Octopus 🐙 Day!

The octopus is a soft-bodied, eight-limbed mollusc of the order Octopoda. Around 300 species are recognized, and the order is grouped within the class Cephalopoda with squids, cuttlefish, and nautiloids.

⁠Do you have a favorite octopus? ⁠Here are a few of our favorites. Happy World Octopus 🐙 Day! Let's celebrate these beautiful creatures.

This is amazing photo was taken by NozoMojo.com on one of our tours. NozoMojo has 2 spots available on their March 8th-1...
10/08/2019

This is amazing photo was taken by NozoMojo.com on one of our tours. NozoMojo has 2 spots available on their March 8th-19th trip. You can join that trip today. Head to their website. Nozomojo.com

Happy Whale Wednesday! This is an incredible photo was taken by NozoMojo.com of a sperm whale fluke on one of our tours....
10/02/2019

Happy Whale Wednesday! This is an incredible photo was taken by NozoMojo.com of a sperm whale fluke on one of our tours. NozoMojo.com has 2 spot available on their March 8th- 19th trip. You can join that trip today, head to their website. Nozomojo.com

NoZoMojo outfitter is chartering a 12-day trip and they have 2 spots available for the March 8th- 19th 2020 trip. Have you always wanted to go whale watching? This is your chance to get up close and personal with some of the most beautiful animals as well as gain some amazing knowledge from some of the leading researchers of their field. ⁠

Join our 12-day tour to whale watching for up to a dozen different species: gray, blue, fin, sperm, and humpback whales, and several kinds of dolphins along the Pacific side of Baja California, plus an extension into the rich waters of the Sea of Cortez where even more whales and wildlife are abundant. Explore offshore islands for birding and photography and snorkel with tropical reef fishes. NoZoMojo Whale watching tour!

This is amazing photo was taken by NozoMojo.com on one of our tours. NozoMojo has 2 spots available on their March 8th-1...
09/25/2019

This is amazing photo was taken by NozoMojo.com on one of our tours. NozoMojo has 2 spots available on their March 8th-19th trip. You can join that trip today. Head to their website. Nozomojo.com

This is amazing photo was taken by NozoMojo.com on one of our tours. NozoMojo has 2 spots available on their March 8th-1...
09/17/2019

This is amazing photo was taken by NozoMojo.com on one of our tours. NozoMojo has 2 spots available on their March 8th-19th trip. You can join that trip today. Head to their website. Nozomojo.com

Group photo by @Alisa Schuman Janiger
09/07/2019

Group photo by @Alisa Schuman Janiger

Our leaders!
09/07/2019

Our leaders!

09/06/2019

Guadalupe murrelets on the list! Todd McGrath David Pereksta @Dave Povey and Adam Searcy

Photos from Searcher Natural History Tours's post
09/06/2019

Photos from Searcher Natural History Tours's post

Happy World Shorebirds Day! Here we have a wandering tattler. This Gorgeous photo was taken by Chris Earley! just one of...
09/06/2019

Happy World Shorebirds Day! Here we have a wandering tattler. This Gorgeous photo was taken by Chris Earley! just one of many amazing shorebirds.

Help us raise awareness by posting photos of your favorite shorebird or by recycling or by picking up trash on the beach. Help us celebrate these amazing birds.

Seabirders will spend 5 days in deep waters of the US from San Diego to Channel Islands! Seabirds, marine mammals, fish ...
09/06/2019

Seabirders will spend 5 days in deep waters of the US from San Diego to Channel Islands! Seabirds, marine mammals, fish and sharks...they have time to observe it all!

Seabirders will spend 5 days in deep waters of the US from San Diego to Channel Islands! Seabirds, marine mammals, fish and sharks...they have time to observe it all!

Must read this report! (Photo of Cook's petrel from a previous trip by Todd McGrath)David Pereksta Dave Povey Adam Searc...
09/06/2019
2019 Pelagic Birding Tour (September 2-6)

Must read this report!
(Photo of Cook's petrel from a previous trip by Todd McGrath)
David Pereksta Dave Povey Adam Searcy

Hello all, We've had another tremendous day offshore.We started 15 miles west of the Cotez Bank area and had multiple sightings of Cook's petrels (photo from a previous trip), albatross, shearwaters and storm petrels, and a single red-billed tropicbird, all before 9 am! We traveled out along the dro...

Searching for birds and whales in deep-water with Todd McGrath David Pereksta Adam Searcy Dave Povey Day 3 report just p...
09/05/2019
2019 Pelagic Birding Tour (September 2-6)

Searching for birds and whales in deep-water with Todd McGrath David Pereksta Adam Searcy Dave Povey Day 3 report just posted!

Hello all, We've enjoyed a tremendous day offshore in deep water today! We left San Miguel Island after breakfast and it didn't take long for three black-footed albatross to join us and stay for a while. Then loads of sooty and pink-footed shearwaters arrived, followed by Buller's shearwaters. We ha...

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09/03/2019

Searcher Natural History Tours's cover photo

Seabirders will spend 5 days in deep waters of the US from San Diego to Channel Islands! Seabirds, marine mammals, fish ...
09/02/2019

Seabirders will spend 5 days in deep waters of the US from San Diego to Channel Islands! Seabirds, marine mammals, fish and sharks...they have time to observe it all!

Seabirders will spend 5 days in deep waters of the US from San Diego to Channel Islands! Seabirds, marine mammals, fish and sharks...they have time to observe it all!

Today is International Whale Shark Day! Why not share your favorite whale shark photo or memory on International Whale S...
08/30/2019

Today is International Whale Shark Day! Why not share your favorite whale shark photo or memory on International Whale Shark Day and celebrate our finned friends? Maybe go coastal and try and glimpse a whale or perhaps bake a (fish)cake. Whatever makes you feel good to celebrate these gentle giants. #whalesharkday

World Shorebirds Day is September 6th. Help us raise awareness by posting photos of your favorite shorebird or by recycl...
08/14/2019

World Shorebirds Day is September 6th. Help us raise awareness by posting photos of your favorite shorebird or by recycling or by picking up trash on the beach. Help us celebrate these amazing birds.

Happy Lighthouse Day. A light that shines in the darkness to protect and alert. Sounds like something one would say abou...
08/07/2019

Happy Lighthouse Day. A light that shines in the darkness to protect and alert. Sounds like something one would say about that friend or mentor whom helps us in the hardest of times, but alas, this is not that reference. This is a reference to the silent, but bright, guardians of our coastlines and ships, the majestic lighthouse.

The lighthouse has been a staple of culture in the world since we built boats to sail the seas. Protection from fog, reefs, rocks and other hazards of the coastline have been signaled by these monoliths of light, even before the advent of electricity. Surprisingly, large fires were lit in the top of the early lighthouses, so ship captains knew not to sail to close to them in order to avoid dangers to their ships.

Get out there a celebrate these beautiful creations. Happy Lighthouse day!

Captain Art is always watching seabirds! He reported recently from the tuna fishing grounds: “We are fishing 55 miles we...
07/25/2019

Captain Art is always watching seabirds! He reported recently from the tuna fishing grounds: “We are fishing 55 miles west of San Diego, and the birding has been great. We are seeing hundreds of sooty shearwaters, a few pink-footed shearwaters, hundreds of royal terns, a south polar skua, Nazca boobies, and a highlight—at least 100 Cook’s petrels! The birds are feeding on small bait fish, and both the tuna and the birds are congregating with the bait fish schools near the surface.”

We are getting excited for our annual 5-day pelagic birding trip next month with Todd McGrath, David Pereksta, @David Povey, and Adam Searcy. Stay tuned for more great reports from the ocean.

Cook’s petrel by @Tom Blackman

Osprey in flight. This is an absolutely gorgeous photo.  Photo by Chris Earley
07/24/2019

Osprey in flight. This is an absolutely gorgeous photo. Photo by Chris Earley

Happy #whale Wednesday! This is an amazing photo of a sperm whale resting at the surface--not something you get to see e...
07/10/2019

Happy #whale Wednesday! This is an amazing photo of a sperm whale resting at the surface--not something you get to see everyday. We have a special love of the sperm whale. Photo by Mike W.

Happy #whalewednesday! Gray whale blow. One more thing off your bucket list. Searcher anchored in Laguna San Ignacio to ...
06/26/2019

Happy #whalewednesday! Gray whale blow. One more thing off your bucket list. Searcher anchored in Laguna San Ignacio to visit with the gray whales. What is on your bucket list?

Happy Whale Wednesday! This absolutely stunning humpback photo by Mark W. We love humpback whales. Do you love humpback ...
06/25/2019

Happy Whale Wednesday! This absolutely stunning humpback photo by Mark W. We love humpback whales. Do you love humpback whales?

Today is Nature Photography Day! So we wanted to share a couple of our favorite nature photos taken from our trips. Do y...
06/15/2019

Today is Nature Photography Day! So we wanted to share a couple of our favorite nature photos taken from our trips. Do you have any nature photos you would like to share? Let's share some beautiful photos on this day of nature photography.

Photos by Rick L.

Michael S answered Searcher birthday trivia question and won this handsome cap. He's wearing it on a lovely spring day i...
06/12/2019

Michael S answered Searcher birthday trivia question and won this handsome cap. He's wearing it on a lovely spring day in Somerset England, while visiting Dunster Castle and recalling his Baja adventure with us!.
(Q: What was Searcher's original name? A: Cape Polaris!)

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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!