Sally Lightfoot

(This post originally published in 2009, following a wonderful trip to Baja and the Sea of Cortez)

Not too long ago, one of my Twitter compadres asked me about my “best experiences with the ocean, or marine animals”. Without hesitation, I answered “my February 2009 Baja trip”. I was then asked to share some images from our Baja adventure. Although that trip is a bit over a year old, my memories of all the experiences feel like only yesterday. The trip started by boarding a 100-foot boat in San Diego and sailing down the Baja peninsula, around the tip, and up into the Sea of Cortez. The trip ended (12 days later) in Cabo San Lucas, where we boarded a flight back to San Diego to pick up our car for the drive back home.

This has to be one of my all-time favorite trips and I seriously doubt if anything will ever top it! In fact, already planning on another trip there some day! Highlights of the trip included 7 species of whales, 4 species of dolphins, 4 species of pinnipeds (seals and seal lions), many species of birds, and some quite unique fishes & marine invertebrates including the sun fish, mobula rays, manta rays, and squid, sea turtles, and lots of desert flora. Now, let’s get to some of the great experiences!

This image is a Sally Lightfoot Crab. It seemed like everywhere we went, there were plenty of these crabs to follow around. One of the unique features of these crabs is that they mimic every move you make. So it was quite challenging to be able to photograph them! I was especially drawn to them because of their brilliant colors.

By the way, I am starting a pretty neat and interesting photo project today, which will likely keep me from tweeting for a few days. I do have some posts scheduled to post to my blog automatically, but will likely not be able to tweet these posts, nor respond to tweets, until this project is complete. I will try to get back as soon as possible, but right now this new project has my full attention.  I’ll explain this project soon … I think you will find it interesting, too!

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