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Search for Whales with Searcher Natural History Tours

Friday, May 12th, 2017

Searcher Natural History Tours

Who says Baja, California is all about poolside lounging and drinks with little umbrellas? For the more get up and go types there are also plenty of opportunities to get out in the sun, on a boat and wait. And watch. For the majestic maneuvers of migrating whales.

Watch as mother whales care for their young or be amazed by the power of breaching and spyhopping whales. Searcher Natural History Tours offers whale watching tours that bring you as close as you want to be to a variety of species of whales. Catch a peek at everything from blue, sperm, and humpback whales, pods of dolphins, or even a variety of seabirds, all of which present wonderful photo opportunities and unforgettable memories. Whales aren’t the only animals you’ll see on this trip however.

There are opportunities to hike and snorkel as well, so you’ll have the chance to check out the wilderness below and above. See the myriad of fish under the sea or do a little bird watching. Comb the beaches on a leisurely stroll and then when you’re ready cool off in the beautiful sea.

The 12-day excursion will take you to places like Islas San Benito where you can hike to an old lighthouse and observe seals. It’s mating season so you’ll have a chance to see the males strut their stuff. Anchor at Laguna San Ignacio and whale watch from smaller boats where you can get eye to eye with the incredible mammals. Take a break from whale watching and explore beaches for shells and plant life. The excursion will take to you islands like Cabo San Lucas, Isle San Jose, Isla Santa Catalina and more.

 Whether your walking, snorkeling or simply watching and waiting ,getting out for an eco-tour excursion is an exciting prospect with Searcher Natural History Tours. Visit their website to schedule yourself for their next tour.

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Rain forests, bizarre crows, and whales in the Dominican Republic

Monday, May 8th, 2017

When the Spanish first landed on the island they referred to as “Hispaniola”, rain forests covered much of its northern parts. Were those conquistadors to come back to life and make another landing on the northern shores of the Dominican Republic, they would certainly be surprised at the extent to which the jungle has been replaced by cattle pasture. Just about the only place where things would have looked the same as 500 years ago on the northern part of the island is at Los Haitises National Park.

Saved from being converted into more munching grounds for cows and acres of oil palms by merit of its challenging limestone karst terrain, the park protects a wide variety of rare plants and animals endemic to Hispaniola. Access is mostly by boat although trails can be hiked for several kilometers across humid, hilly ground to reach its borders. Both means of entering the park can be arranged at the lodging option that is closest to its borders, a place called Parasio Caño Hondo. This eco-friendly lodge has a stream running right through the middle of its grounds and is located near patches of rain forest that harbor a good selection of local flora and fauna.

Another curious aspect of this lodge are the endemic White-necked Crows that pop in to look for food scraps around the bar and outdoor dining areas. Unlike crow species in Europe and North America, these island birds do not get along well with deforestation. They have disappeared from Puerto Rico and have become uncommon in Hispaniola (the only other place where they still occur). Paraiso Caño Hondo and the nearby national park have become the easiest places to see this strange bird in action. Whereas the familiar crows of the north tend to be dull black and make “caw”-like sounds, these crows are a beautiful glossy blue-black color, have reddish eyes, and make bizarre gurgling and squawking noises like a parrot!

For visitors to the area who aren’t into rain forest hikes, there are petroglyph decorated caves in the area as well as excellent whale-watching opportunities in nearby waters from December to April when the entire North Atlantic population of Humpback Whales visit the area to breed.

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