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Greater than 1,000 illustrations, prepared based on visible similarities, exhibit plant and animal species of the Atlantic Coast from the Bay of Fundy to Cape Hatteras. This consultant contains info on the best way to find each one species via geographic variety, tidal diversity, tidal point, season, topography, and weather.
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I glimpse a silhouette on the water, which I learn is a ﬂuke print left by a recently surfaced whale. As our panga closes to within about thirty feet of another boat, a mother and baby come calling again. The little one seems to realize the presence of my nephew onboard; it is eager to rub against young Max’s waiting hands. Alice leans far over the bow rail. A fountain of spray surges from the depths. It resembles a hibiscus ﬂower opening its petals. Others have described such spouting as offensive, but these whales haven’t eaten in CLOSE ENCOUNTER AT SAN IGNACIO LAGOON 43 Alice being sprayed by a whale (Max Burnett) months, and the smell seems fragrant.
Traveling close to its mother’s midsection, where the water passing between the pair helps pull it along, the calf will leave the nursery after a few weeks. In the Lower Lagoon, near the mouth of the channel, it will encounter the ﬁrst taste of strong tides—and perhaps the ﬁrst touch of a human being. One does not pass easily into the sanctum of San Ignacio Lagoon. Of course, I did not know this when I set out near the close of the gray whale birthing season. I made advance reservations at a whale-watching campground called Kuyima.
I explained our plight. ” He extended his hand and introduced himself as John Spencer. ” He walked into a shed 36 DICK RUSSELL and returned with two Coronas and a Pepsi. “Just relax, come on in and have some dinner with us. ” He pushed open a screen door. Inside a candlelit, clay-walled dwelling that served as a combined kitchen and living room, about a dozen men stood against a wall, eating from paper plates. “These are the most wonderful people you’re ever gonna meet,” our host said. As he introduced three generations of the family, each gave a nod.