Jacques Cousteau once described the Sea of Cortez as, ‘the world’s aquarium’ and he was certainly right. Baja has continued to dazzle us with its amazing display of both wildlife and landscape.
Andrew did a bit of research to find out where the seal colony was located on the island, while Ava and I made a delicious pecan streusel coffee cake. Once the baking was finished, we packed the snorkeling gear in the dinghy and Andrew and I headed off, the kids chose to stay behind.
We had no sooner rounded the corner of the island when we came across a huge pod of dolphins. We slowed the dinghy as we approached and watched as they herded fish. A large dolphin let us know through lots of tail slapping that he didn’t want us to get too close. We watched for a while and then I jumped in. The dolphins are edgy and it wasn’t long before they were diving down deep. It was amazing being in the water with them to get the perspective of how large the pod actually was. It was like watching a huge school of giant fish.
Back in the dinghy we continued our search for the seals. Have you ever wondered what they call a group of seals? Turns out there are lots of different names, ranging from a bob, bunch, colony, crash, harem, herd, knob, plump, pod, rookery and a team of Seals. Who you knew there were so many. A knob, really?
After getting two thirds a way around the island, we found them. Our first contact was with a pair of female seals or cows. They were very cute cuddled together, basking in the sun.
Moving around the rocky point was when we spotted a gorgeous baby. We watched him/her for ages as he lazed in the sun, dipped in the water to cool off and occasionally lifted his head to see if we were still there.
We had our swimsuits on and snorkeling gear all ready to go, but as soon as we had arrived the male slid in the water and started barking. The warning was received. The females were not worried about us at all and were rather curious. They would swim near the dinghy in groups of two or three and watch us. It was so tempting to get in with them, but we just weren’t sure what the male would do. So instead I stuck the camera in the water and snapped some photos, hoping that I was actually capturing a seal.
The largest of the harem of girls sat sunning themselves the entire time, with the occasional tussle and barking between them.
In between the little groups of seals scattered on the rocks was one star performer. Rather than just lazing in the sun, she did some pretty spectacular stretching, which would make any yoga instructor proud, I’m certainly envious.
I think the seals are definitely my favourite in the underwater world, thank you Andrew for sharing the fabulous experience. Ava was very envious and wished she had come, so tomorrow we are all heading back again.
This morning we did another dinghy trip to visit the seals with Totem. It was a little earlier than yesterday and the seals were less active, content to just relax on the rocks and pay little attention to us. Ava thought the baby seal was adorable, I think they are all pretty cute. Interestingly, the male seal was missing today, maybe out fishing.
We continued around the point, donned our snorkel gear and swam along the rock edge to the end of the point. The current was strong, so we stayed in the sheltered bay and explored. I think it was Mairen who discovered a stone fish, which are prevalent in Mexico and of course there were lots of puffer fish. Andrew and Jamie were quite excited about the number of large coral trout they spotted while snorkeling.
No matter how many star fish you see, they never cease to capture the interest of both children (teens) and adults.
After our snorkel, on our route back to the boat we spotted a large pod of dolphins, probably the same ones as yesterday. There were lots of oohs and aahs as we watched them.
After returning to the boat, Jamie and Andrew went off spearfishing on the mainland, returning within 2 hours, which is pretty quick for them, with 6 large coral trout. Looks like we are having fish for a few meals. I think they were both pretty impressed with their catch.