One of the many wonderful things about living in Baja Mexico is the surprise factor. You just never know what is going to happen on a daily basis. “Expect the Unexpected” is a motto to live by here.

I personally love surprises and are more often than not overjoyed at the outcome. Part of the beauty lies in such great things happen that are completely unplanned.

The Mexican culture seems to tumble along fine without a lot of planning which may seem foreign to the north of the border folks who are accustomed to fixed dates, times & appointments for things. But here, life seems more spontaneous, full of last minute invitations and grab your camera and hat and go activities.

One such thing happened to me the other day when I was hard at work on a project at home and my phone rang. It was my husband calling from the panga to ask if I wanted to go looking for blue whales. But of course! In 5 minutes I gathered my camera gear, jacket & hat and ran down to the cove beside our house.

In the spring there are sometimes large whales feeding off of Asuncion Island. We had seen what we thought were blue whales feeding in the bay lately and I really wanted to identify them. My husband got in early from abalone fishing that day so had time to take me out.

We toodled around the bay looking for spouts and asked the fishermen if they had seen anything. To my great disappointment, no whales had been spotted the last few days. It was a gorgeous morning so we headed over to the Island to see if the sea lions had their babies yet.

We visited several beaches and saw no pups at all…another disappointment. But it is always entertaining watching the sealions and we observed the bulls nobly protecting their harems.

It was high tide so Juan took me to through a set of large rocks where he saw a blue footed booby bird the week before. As I was scanning all the birds on the rocks I heard a strange prehistoric squawking and saw it was coming from a small Cormorant chick in a nest.

This was the first time I had ever seen Cormorant babies so I was thrilled. Juan skillfully kept the panga positioned so we could watch & photograph them. We were amazed at how dinosaur looking they were. Some nests had 2 or 3 chicks in them of different ages. Some were trying to stand up for the first time and kept falling into the nest. It was a fantastic experience!

Who would have thought I would be seeing newborn Cormorant babies an hour before? See what I mean…you just never know what is going to happen living in Baja! Live in the moment!

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