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Aquarium of the World - The Sea of Cortés

By Barbara Barton Sloane, San Antonio Scene

“Ferocious with life,” is what John Steinbeck said of it; Jacques Cousteau called it the “Galapagos of North America.” Both were captivated by the Sea of Cortés and on a recent cruise through Baja, California, Mexico so was I.

Just south of California lies this unrushed and uncrowded inland sea—the Gulf of California, more commonly known as the Sea of Cortés. UNESCO has declared this a World Heritage Site, calling it one of the most biologically diverse marine environments on earth. In fact, these wildlife-rich waters and islands are home to both plants and animals found nowhere else, including giant lizards, sea turtles, Blue-footed boobies, sharks, mantas, sea lions and many species of whales.

In February I’d traveled to San Jose del Cabo to board the Un-Cruise Safari Voyager and participate in the Baja Whale Bounty Adventure, December through April being prime whale-watching months. It’s during this time that Gray whales are in the San Ignacio Lagoon and do their birthing.