As Zane Obispo, Ren Santiago, Ah-Puch, and Rosie are attacked by a colony of bats sent by Camazotz, they steal a boat and flee into the sea. Intense. It basically has to do with the food supply that is so abundant in the Sea of Cortez. Started off a bit rough. After reaching Cabo San Lucas, some boats go farther south but most will go around the tip of Baja California and North to La Paz. Like The Searchers with John Wayne (actually looked like we were sailing by that scenery). Pressure and temperature pull southwest winds across from the West to the Sea of Cortez and funnel into bays that don’t really have protection from strong winds of that direction. We also have a lot of whale activity on this trip. This is sadly happening in all areas of the Sea of Cortez and it is happening to all species of fish. Although we did have the Long Beach Grand Prix this weekend and it was really fun and great weather. While we sailed we continued to be entertained by whales and dolphins. The Sea of Cortez, which is also referred to as Gulf of California, is one of the most fascinating and most important bio-regions on the planet, and is one of the top tourist attractions in Mexico. And almost every bay had different entertainment. We only dented a very small percentage of what is available. Vernon said the theory is they are trying to remove parasites. The Log from the Sea of Cortez is an English-language book written by American author John Steinbeck and published in 1951. For the first time fishing the Sea of Cortez, from Cabo San Lucas, all the way to San Felipe, will feel like your wildest fishing dream come true. We motored north in fairly calm seas but after a couple hours we entered a channel and started to experience some intense wind against sea current effect that came on suddenly and continued to build. (I will always run to the bow to see dolphins riding the pressure wave there). We sailed to Caleta Partida, a bay on the island of Espirito Santos, North of La Paz. Here are some pictures and then a video. Biologically speaking, the Sea of Cortez is the richest body of water on our entire planet. Groups of them jump and jump and jump. These radical movements move fish, plankton and other nutriments around as if in a washing machine. Thanks for watching! Here there are numerous dive sites offering a wide variety of possibilities as far as in depth, wildlife and experience levels are. Listen to Sea of Cortez | SoundCloud is an audio platform that lets you listen to what you love and share the sounds you create.. Charlotte NC. Happy fish make for happy fishermen! We anchored in a section of the bay that the guide book said would be best if you got the rare “Coromuel winds”. Almost every bay held a new surprise in the water, on shore or in the sky. There is trouble in the Sea of Cortez! While the volcanoes and the San Andreas fault were violently creating the Baja peninsula, they were also forming the great chasm that would eventually become the Sea of Cortez. Along the beach I found beautiful shells, some with owners! We had just finished dinner when they started. Here is the cutest video of me trying to film the building seas as I called Vernon up to show him. The San Andreas fault runs right down the very middle of the Sea of Cortez, which explains the violent activity during the period of the sea’s origin. The Sea of Cortez, also known as the Gulf of California, is a unique corner of the Pacific Ocean. Sea of Cortez was warm to swim in and not rough at all. Sailing north and deeper into the Sea of Cortez is to enter a disconnected world, one that feels untouched by pandemic concerns. Special thanks to my captain Vern for making it happen! The Sea of Cortez (also known as the Gulf of California) is my new favorite sea. Continuing volcanic eruptions, over the eons, created even more islands, 37 total. The Sea of Cortez (or, less romantically, the Gulf of California) separates the peninsula of Baja California from the Mexican mainland. We have about 50 DVDs we got in So Cal at a used book store. This entire process took many years and eventually the Pacific Ocean poured in and filled the gap. Cruising is steeped in freedom. So many fish! The fish stories that have come from this sea often seem unbelievable, when in fact, most are true. After a few hours, we weigh anchor ahead of the group as we are eager for some sailing time. Sometimes the water was cloudy, other times like swimming in someone’s aquarium. The last trip to Mexico on the Namahana our only weather source was a weather fax and the daily Ham radio nets. Or Man on Fire with Denzel Washington set in modern day Mexico City. If you are not touched by this very serious problem, you have a serious problem. I do believe the Sergeant Major has the advantage in these shallow reefs. Then we would read or enjoy a DVD on our TV. The sea is named after conquistador Hernan Cortez. More for expert boarders (IMHO), not for children really either. We sailed to Caleta Partida, a bay on the island of Espirito Santos, North of La Paz. 16 miles north of La Paz, we anchor in the cove of Bahia San Gabriel on theIsland ofEspiritu Santo for lunch. I sat and watched this hawk hunt for dinner on the hillside for over an hour. The Sea of Cortez has been called the Vermilion Sea. This body of water was formed around five million years ago, making the Sea of Cortez the youngest sea on the Earth . This remarkable young sea is thought to be around five million years old and home to nearly 900 species of fish and the widest variety of whales and dolphins found anywhere on Earth. Some of the first charts, drawn in the early 1500’s, depicted Baja as an island. The vaquita porpoise, one of the world’s rarest marine mammals, is found only in the northern reaches of Sea of Cortez. I remember a year ago when we were looking into this destination, I googled a video of a sailboat traveling in this area and thought ‘how could anyone think this is that pretty’. And he did get that opportunity. Sailing and snorkeling and enjoying the Sea of Cortez’ bays and water. The Sea of Cortez is very diverse and has a vast amount of nudibranchs, blennys, jawfish, a variety of rays and guitarfish, schools of fish, eels, octopus, sea horses, frogfish, Mexican horn sharks, and some of the friendliest sea lions on the planet! This incredible body of water is still somewhat unknown in the overall scope of  world destinations. It is hard to get to by dinghy, so Vernon motored Encore in close and I jumped off and swam into the rocks. This is the classic Baja kayaking tour, on a wilderness shore dominated by the stunning Sierra de la Giganta – the “Range of the Giants.” Its multi-colored volcanic layers terminate in vertical cliffs that plunge straight into the Sea of Cortez. Our Dive and Cruise team members went for an awesome dive trip to Sea of Cortez with a beautiful group from France. See map. The landscape, fairly unappealing to me at first, started to grow on my senses. My happy zone was in the water swimming, snorkeling and attempting to capture it with my GoPro. But if you give yourself enough swing room at anchor you would be fine. And the kids fishing and playing on the beach. Baja’s Sea of Cortez is somewhere close to five million years old (estimates vary greatly), making it the youngest of all the seas in the world. At Agua Verde we had over 2 hours of the Manta Ray show. Review of Shore Tour of Cabo San Lucas Reviewed December 14, 2011 We stayed at the Riu Santa Fe and we only went to the beach once. And not once when I was snorkeling a reef or rocky ledge did I come upon any other snorkeler (except Vernon, but he was invited). The Sea of Cortez is one of the most popular cruising spots on the west side of Mexico. SoundCloud Sea of Cortez - Elanora/JuniperTrees (practice demo/rough mix) by Ned Brownlow published on 2013-03-27T07:40:08Z. Finally catching a snake and flying off with it (look closely at the top of the right cactus branch). Some bays we had all to ourselves or maybe one other boat. We consistently see pilot, fin, and sperm whales as well as dolphins. The Sea of Cortez, Mexico: The Best Islands To Visit And What To Pack . Started off a bit rough. When the sun rose we got off anchor, deciding to sail far enough north to not encounter these winds. It has been a fantastic last 12 days! Wow the ocean’s color is so spectacular! At times there were several groups all jumping at once and the popping sound they made as they hit the water sounded like fireworks on the 4th of July. It details a six-week (March 11 – April 20) marine specimen-collecting boat expedition he made in 1940 at various sites in the Gulf of California (also known as the Sea of Cortez), with his friend, the marine biologist Ed Ricketts. 56 Followers. I hope you all get the opportunity to see this wonderful area in Mexico. Oct 2. Although it is well known to fishermen, scientists, conservationists, water sports enthusiasts, as well as recreational boaters, many in the world have no knowledge of this sea. The trip all started from La Paz, La Paz is one of the main Diving areas of the Sea of Cortez. I have a book about the sea life in the Sea of Cortez and I just about saw everything! But let me tell you about the amazing stuff we encountered—–. 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