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We work as ecotourism guides (as well as biologist and boat captain) often on the BC Coast, but also as far ranging as the Arctic and Antarctic. We have an insatiable curiousity for the planet; all its hidden gems and what makes them tick. That and our love of sailing is what inspired us to sail around the Pacific in Narama, our tough and pretty little sailboat.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sea of Cortez Species List

(as of 5 February, 2010)


What was the shape and size and color and tone of this little expedition? We slipped into a new frame and grew to be a part of it, related in some subtle way to the reefs and beaches, related to the little animals, to the stirring waters and the warm brackish lagoons. This trip had dimension and tone. It was a thing whose boundaries seeped through itself and beyond into some time and space that was more than all the Gulf and more than all our lives.”
John Steinbeck – Log from the Sea of Cortez.

Mammals
Bottlenose Dolphin
California Sealion
Short-finned Pilot Whale
Killer Whale
Bryde’s Whale
Black Jackrabbit
Antelope Squirrel


Birds
Laughing Gull
Brown Pelican
Yellow-footed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Osprey
Belted Kingfisher
Double-crested Cormorant
Brandt’s Cormorant
Reddish Egret
Snowy Egret
Caspian Tern
Magnificent Frigatebird
Tricoloured Heron
White Ibis
Whimbrel
Turkey Vulture
Willet
Great Blue Heron
American Golden Plover
Greater Yellowlegs
Blue-footed Booby
Eared Grebe
Brown Booby
American Oystercatcher
Common Raven
Northern Mockingbird
Lesser Goldfinch
Cassin’s Finch
Blue-grey Gnatcatcher
Gila Woodpecker
Black-throated Sparrow
California Gnatcatcher
Red Cardinal
Costa’s Hummingbird
Loggerhead Shrike
Heerman’s Gull
Violet-green Swallow
Black-capped Night Heron
Red-tailed Hawk
Verdin
Golden Eagle
Spotted Sandpiper
Canyon Wren
Black-vented Shearwater
Peregrine
House Finch
Little Blue Heron
Great Egret
Lesser Scaup
Red Billed Tropic Bird
Craveri’s Murrelet
Lesser Nighthawk
White-crowned Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Green-tailed Towhee
Western Scrub-Jay
Ladder-backed Woodpecker



Fish
Yellowtail Surgeonfish
Bicolor Parrotfish
Leopard Grouper (including a golden phase)
Manta Ray
Green Moray
Moorish Idol
Guineafowl Puffer
Cortez Rainbow Wrasse
Giant Damselfish
Scissortail Damselfish
Flatiron Herring
Blue-and-Gold Snapper
King Angelfish
Barberfish
Sergeant Major
Pacific Beaubrummel
Mexican Hogfish
Longnose Hawkfish
Yellowfin Surgeonfish
Finescale Triggerfish
Coral Hawkfish
Cortez Damselfish
Mexican Goatfish
Rainbow Runner
Pacific Sierra
Spotted Porcupinefish
Yellow Jack
Convict Tang
Machete
Banded Guitarfish
Spotted Green Puffer
Threebanded Butterflyfish
Diamond Stingray
Wounded Wrasse
Spottail Grunt
Cornetfish
Bumphead Damselfish
Cortez Garden Eel
Blunthead Triggerfish
Cortez Grunt
Graybar Grunt
Panamic Fanged Blenny
Orangeside Triggerfish
Jewel Moray
Bullseye Stingray
Yellow Snapper
Barred Pargo
Blue-and-Yellow Chromis
Zebra Moray
Sunset Wrasse

I can already hear the invertebrate taxonomists that I used to work with “where’s the invert list!!??” But this really is a place of fish, although the coral warrants mentioning. Also looking at this list it seems that I need to learn how to identify the beautiful reptiles here! More books required….

Photos: Short-nosed Rock Lizard, Short-finned Pilot Whale, Bottlenose Dolphins, Green Turtle, Yellow-footed Gull, Immature Brandt's Cormorant, Brown Pelican, Speckled Rattlesnake, Wilson's Plover, California Sealion, Espiritu Santo Striped Whipsnake

5 comments:

Simon said...

Stephen and Heidi! Sounds like a great adventure... most envious. Have you made it Isla San Fransisco yet? It was my favorite - beautiful little reef on the outside of the anchorage and good fishing!!! Watch out for my folks while you're in Mexico - they're in PV right now but heading south (not sure if you are) - on a boat called Wendaway - I'm sure you'll hear my dad on the nets.

So nice to have a window into your wanderings.

All the best.

Simon

Alison Watt said...

Heidi and Stephen
so!! enjoying your blog. Have to admit I am feeling extremely envious. At the moment Kim and I are at least out of the rain for a few days--Kim's at a meeting in Las Vegas. I've tagged along of course. And you thought the oarfish was weird--you should see the life forms here! Going to get out to Red Rocks for a walk this afternoon, can't wait.
happy sailing!

Narama said...

Simon
We got up early and watched the sun rise over the Sea from the ridge on Isla San Fran! I loved looking at Wendaway's blog and seeing Ross Campbell's feet sticking out from a bunk!

Alison
Beware those strange Vegas creatures! Glad that you get a warm break, we think of you often while we are here.

Gulf of california said...

Nice post. The Gulf of California, also called the Sea of Cortez .You can see town of Tijuana, YOu can see bull fighting and Jai Alai, a Spanish ball court game. The Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere Reserve. marine life of the Gulf is attract tourist.

Anonymous said...

I just returned from a carnival cruise and saw what looked like a sea otter swimming along the ship for a short time...not appearing afraid...it looked up at the ship as we went past it ...it had a long tail, was brown in color and very sleek...was on the top of the water somewhere between puerto vallarta and cabo...it was close and looked like about 30 pounds!!! What could it have been???