O U T D O O R S The 2,500 miles of Sea of Cortés coastline have proved to be an amazing place for people to snorkel, scuba dive, kayak, paddleboard, fish, and explore. Pictured, from left: SunRider clients swimming with a whale shark; diving at Cabo Pulmo with Cabo and some 600,000 hectares of wetlands. In fact, the sea is so rich that EXPEDITIONS this is where you’ll find 70 percent of the country’s fisheries. CABO The 2,500 miles of Sea of Cortés coastline have proved to be an amazing COURTESY place for people to snorkel, scuba dive, kayak, paddleboard, fish, and explore. For divers and marine naturalists, SUNRIDER; the sea has reached the rank of legendary. John Steinbeck wrote a book about his 1940 voyage as part COURTESY of a marine specimen-collecting boat expedition—The Log from the Sea of Cortez is a must-read any adventurer or would-be adventurer—and marine LEFT:explorer Jacques Cousteau famously FROM called it “the world’s aquarium.” Cousteau’s much-repeated quote was PAGE,inspired by the incredible biodiversity he would see during every dive, THIS saying it made him feel as though he EXPEDITIONS.were in an aquarium tank. Still other biologists refer to the Sea of Cortés as the “Galapagos of North America.” CABO What makes this particular sea so hospitable? You could say the marine COURTESY life is attracted to some of the same features that entice millions of travelers from across the world. PAGE:First, there’s the mingling of cold water currents coming down from OPPOSITE California and the warm water from México’s Pacific Ocean. The region typically receives more than 12 hours Los Cabos Magazine | winter 2017 45 of sunshine a day, allowing for strong production of phytoplankton, the starting point of the food chain for fish that range from teeny, tiny to extraordinarily large (the world’s largest fish, the whale shark, feeds on plankton as well as krill, fish eggs, and other small creatures). And, in addition to attracting countless snowbirds each year, the Sea of Cortés welcomes many migratory species, including but not limited to humpback whales, gray whales, orcas (commonly known as killer whales), giant manta rays, leatherback sea turtles, and the world’s largest mammal, Expeditions guides, who are happy to share their expertise.
Los Cabos Magazine Issue 45 Winter 2017
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