Isla Brummel and Punta Zapotal

Dec 09, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Lion

In the early pre-dawn morning aboard National Geographic Sea Lion, the constellation Orion is low in the western sky. A pair of humpback whales makes a brief appearance before the sun rises, motivating those late risers on board. The morning’s activities included snorkeling in the beautiful waters of Isla Brummel where guests saw a variety of reef fish characteristic of the tropical eastern Pacific and hiking on Punta Zapotal with sightings of a Mangrove Cuckoo.

The afternoon focused on the Tamarindo Estuary and its denizens. The mangroves of the estuary host a number of fascinating animals seen by guests including the ringed kingfisher, crocodiles, tri-colored, heron, and an osprey with its daily catch.

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About the Author

Daniel Baldwin


An educator at heart, Dan finds great joy in opening doors for others to explore and connect with the world around them. He has taught marine sciences in the Florida Keys and on Catalina Island, and science and math in international schools in Mexico, Costa Rica, and the South Pacific. 

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Carlos Calvo Obando

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Carlos is a freelance wildlife photographer and photography instructor from Costa Rica. Passionate about travel and education, he also works as a certified naturalist guide on the beaches, jungles, and mountains of that beautiful tropical paradise. With 20 years of experience leading groups and making images and portraits of Costa Rican creatures and landscapes, he loves to share his knowledge and tricks with enthusiasm, simplicity, and a good sense of humor.

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