Mystery Monday revealed!

Mystery Monday revealed! The answer is: Sea Turtle
That Monday mystery creature is, as far as I can tell, a green sea turtle. The animal in the Friday reveal is a loggerhead sea turtle. On Searcher trips in Baja we see both of these species regularly and can also spot Pacific Ridley’s and hawksbill turtles, though rarely. Leatherbacks are also possible, but I have only seen them up north. In any case, it’s difficult to identify them at sea and we rely on an ID key created by Seaturtle.org  (http://www.seaturtle.org/documents/ID_sheet.pdf) and good photographs. We look for the number of prefrontal scales as well as the nuchal and costal scute patterns. Green sea turtles lay eggs in Baja’s lagoons as well as in the upper part of the Gulf of California. Loggerheads are fascinating in that they forage in our waters but don’t nest locally. Instead, they migrate all the way back across the Pacific Ocean where the females lay their eggs primarily in eastern Australia and Japan. Paul Jones
June 5th, 2020|News|

Mystery Monday

Happy Mystery Monday!⁠

Can you guess this animal? We decided to make it a bit harder this week. This photo was taken on one of our trips in Baja. We’ll reveal the answer on Friday, so stay tuned for the answer and more from the field!⁠

📷 by Linda Lewis

 

June 1st, 2020|News|

Mystery Monday revealed!

Mystery Monday revealed! The answer is: Long-beaked Common Dolphins
 
Thanks to this gorgeous slow-motion footage from Paul Jones, Searcher naturalist, we can see why common dolphins are such a treat to witness while aboard Searcher in Baja.
 
Common dolphins are strikingly marked and are often found traveling together in large groups or pods, sometimes up in the thousands. They are a joy to encounter as they often leap, splash back on their sides, and, as seen in this video, “bow ride” in the pressure wave made as the boat moves forward.
 
This footage captures the precision, athleticism, and agility of these dolphins as they quickly swim, surface, feed, and even socialize all while maneuvering in the bow of the boat. We often see very young calves swimming alongside mothers, both keeping up the pace!
 
Also in this video you can see remoras attached to some of the dolphins. These are suckerfishes that attach themselves via a flat sucking disk on their heads to larger marine animals such as whales, sharks and other fishes.
May 29th, 2020|News|

Mystery Monday

Happy Mystery Monday!⁠

Can you guess this animal? We decided to make it a bit harder this week. This photo was taken on one of our trips in Baja. We’ll reveal the answer on Friday, so stay tuned for the answer and more from the field!⁠

📷by Team Searcher⁠

May 25th, 2020|News|

Mystery Monday revealed!

Mystery Monday revealed! The answer is:⁠⁠ Blue Whale

📸 by Chris E.

This is a blue whale surface lunge feeding with one of the tail flukes sticking out of the water as it’s on its side. Blue whales are the most massive animals to ever live on the planet. They are obligate krill eaters, and consume many tons of plankton every day. A calf gains 6 pounds per hour while nursing and the whale in this photo was with her calf when Searcher happened upon a feeding frenzy. In addition to this pair, we saw lots of birds, dolphins, and a Bryde’s whale. It was spectacular. –Paul Jones

May 22nd, 2020|News|

Mystery Monday

Happy Mystery Monday!⁠

Can you guess this animal? We decided to make it a bit harder this week. This photo was taken on one of our trips in Baja. We’ll reveal the answer on Friday, so stay tuned for the answer and more from the field!⁠

📷by Paul Jones

May 18th, 2020|News|

Mystery Monday revealed!

Mystery Monday revealed! The answer is:⁠⁠ California Sea Lion

📸 by  Team Searcher

This is the iconic California sea lion, once used as a circus performer (sadly), but now seen in the wild across the coastal waters of the Pacific from Alaska to the Gulf of California, Baja. Seen at sea as far out as 100 miles or more, they are more more often seen nearshore at their haul out sites and rookeries. On Searcher trips, we see these amazing animals at several places, but most notably at Los Islotes where we can snorkel with them. There are bulls, nursing females with their pups born the previous year, and plenty of frisky juveniles. In and out of the water, they’re fun to watch, but I like to see them “porpoising” when they are traveling fast and leaping several body lengths at a time. They hit this “crossover speed” to avoid high wave drag in the water and go airborne to both breathe and cover some ground. They are deep divers, playful, tough, smart, and resilient. What’s not to like? –Paul Jones.

 

May 15th, 2020|News|

Mystery Monday

Happy Mystery Monday!⁠

Can you guess this animal? We decided to make it a bit harder this week. This photo was taken on one of our trips in Baja. We’ll reveal the answer on Friday, so stay tuned for the answer and more from the field!⁠

📷by Team Searcher⁠

May 11th, 2020|News|

Mystery Monday revealed!

Mystery Monday revealed! The answer is:⁠⁠

Whale Shark

Meet the largest fish on the planet, none other than the whale shark, Rhynchodon typus. While this behemoth is about 30 feet long at sexual maturity, a very large individual can get upwards of 60 feet. And they are thought to be long lived as well, reaching 80 years of age or more. In the Bay of La Paz where they are seen on Searcher trips when the weather cooperates (and most of the time it does), there are aggregations of juveniles. Interestingly, most of these sharks are males. The shallow waters are a great place to see them up close, though we have spotted them in deeper oceanic waters also. The juveniles are feeding on clouds of plankton known as copepods, which the remoras that hitch a ride on the whale sharks also feed on. Researchers have also found that some juvenile whale sharks migrate in the Gulf of California between Bahia de La Paz and Bahia de los Ángeles after spending a month or more in the shallow bays.”⁠~Paul Jones⁠

 

May 8th, 2020|News|

Mystery Monday

Happy Mystery Monday!⁠

Can you guess this animal? We decided to make it a bit harder this week. This photo was taken on one of our trips in Baja. We’ll reveal the answer on Friday, so stay tuned for the answer and more from the field!⁠

📷by Team Searcher⁠

May 4th, 2020|News|
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