Here is a day-by-day play of a recent photography expedition to the southern tip of the Baja peninsula. Our main goal was to find striped marlin feeding on baitballs. While the baitballs proved elusive, the area is full of life.
Day 1 in Cabo…tough cloudy conditions, but managed to find a large baitball with sharks and marlin. Also saw whales, mobulas, dolphins and sea lions. All surface stuff today so no “intimate encounters”, but the forecast looks perfect for tomorrow so confidence is high.
Sea lion playing under crashing waves
Cabo day 2 – Wednesday lived up to its “hump day” moniker with hours of humpback whale interactions. Amazing in-water humpback interactions, that is. We also saw a blue whale, bottle-nose dolphins (interacting with the whales), and a friendly newborn baby loggerhead sea turtle. Just one of those amazing days on the water.
Bottlenose dolphins playing with humpback whales
Baby loggerhead sea turtle
Cabo day 3 – Started off the day with a quick visit from a scalloped hammerhead and and a long visit from a very friendly whale shark. Then went looking for marlin. We didn’t find any baitballs that weren’t being hammered by fisherman, but we still got to swim with free cruising marlin! Another huge success on/in the water today!
Curious whale shark
Striped marlin cruising near the surface
Cabo day 4 – Today the ocean gave us some great in-water encounters with dolphins. Their curiosity and grace in the water made today great, even though the fisherman kept us from getting in the water with the huge baitball we found. Tomorrow is our last day and we are going all out for marlin
Cabo day 5 – our marlin expedition officially turned in to a humpback whale expedition today with hours and hours of interactions with a very friendly group of 4 whales. An amazing day to end an amazing week….
Family of humpback whales
Overall the trip was a huge success even though the baitballs eluded us. There will be many more opportunities to go and find them. Trip leaders Amanda Cotton and Luke Inman are planning on going back in December of 2013, click here for details.