Baja California and the Sea of Cortez are known for many things, including spectacular sunrises and the legendary “Green Flash.” This morning was no exception. Guests circled the decks taking photo after photo of the spectacle.

National Geographic Venture anchored at Isla San Pedro Mártir. We deployed Zodiacs for tours around the most remote island in the Sea of Cortez. We had a busy and fun time. We spotted two species of boobies, eared grebes, California sea lions, bottlenose dolphins, and many other birds that nest and roost here.

In the afternoon, we sailed southward in search of marine life. We observed Craveri’s murrelets, storm petrels, phalaropes, and finally, some fin whales. We recognized the fin whales by their size, prominent fin, and asymmetrical jaw coloring, among other characteristics.

We also heard from our National Geographic guest speaker, Greg Marshall, inventor of the Critter Cam.