Gulf of California, Mexico — From January 2 to January 9, 2016 the National Geographic Society’s Committee for Research and Exploration (CRE) traveled the Sea of Cortez aboard the National Geographic Sea Bird Lindblad ship. The CRE, consisting of leading scientists representing a variety of disciplines, were joined by explorers funded by National Geographic and other experts working in the Baja region, for a field inspection of their work.
The experience was one-of-a-kind. We heard about the discovery of new plant species and newly protected marine areas. The explorers presented on their research and field work and their mission to help the world better understand and protect sharks, blue whales, humpback whales, sea birds and vaquita. Then we saw many of these species in the wild!
The field inspection provided a sense of awe for this region and an urgency to do more to support the excellent work being done in Baja and the Sea of Cortez.
A snapshot of the rich biodiversity of this region is shared in the gallery that follows.
Jen Shook is the Program Manager for Research, Conservation and Exploration at the National Geographic Society. When she’s not working at Nat Geo headquarters in Washington, D.C., she can be found photographing explorers and their work in different parts of the world.