Monday, February 21, 2011

Day Nine of my Log of the Searcher Natural History Tour Around the Baja by Boat January 31, 2011

Continuing with my Blog of my trip around the Baja Peninsula on the searcher, today we anchored off Ilsa Santa Catalina. And as usual there was another glorious sunrise, with the sun light reflecting off elephant rock.

The skiffs took us onto the beach where we were greeted by yellow-legged gulls. We went on another trip up on Arroyo looking at the flora and fauna of the area. The Cardon cactus's were starting to flower, and there were a number of wavy barrel cactus's. Numerous species of birds were also found, including white-winged-doves Gila woodpecker, ravens and numerous other species.

After the trip up the Arroyo part of the group went snorkeling and the other part took a Krazy Koastal Kruise by Kaptain Kenny. We will first greeted by bottlenose dolphins. And then observed the geology of the area, which included areas of solid rock with flowering plants stuck in the rock. There were numerous Sally Lightfoot's around, plus the gulls, pelicans, cormorants and a great blue heron.

An area of the rocks on the island were very green in color, Olivine, which is a volcanic intrusion.

We then left the island to search for cetaceans. However, there was strong winds from the north and seas running which limited our viewing. In order to give us a smoother ride the searcher churned southward. We did observe a fiun whale whale mothercalf pair, some common Dolphins and some short-finned pilot whales
We also had an another glorious sunset.