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Thursday, 01 November 2018

Paddle Boarding with Flying Rays in Loreto - Page 2

Written by Jill Weinlein
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First I learned they belong to a group of fish called elasmobranchs. There are around 200 different stingray species in the world. In the Baja Sur area theses rays are referred to as "devil rays", "flying mobula" or "flying rays", due to their breaching ability in a spectacular manner.

They normally act kind and gentle around humans, while swimming through the ocean undulating their bodies in a wave-like motion. Rays leaping out of the water may be communicating with an isolated ray. By making the flopping sound, they are trying to indicate their location in order to encourage the solo ray to join the group. Another theory is that rays congregate and jump to seduce their partner. To me they seem to jump for playful fun, similar to whales or dolphins.

Fascinated with these rays, I went paddle boarding each day to commune with these marine creatures. I started my mornings at sunrise and went for a hike until the paddle board cabana opened at 9 a.m.

Taking one of three paths each day, I hiked to the top of a mountain for exquisite views of the surrounding five neighboring islands - Isla Carmen, Isla Coronado, Isla Danzante, Isla Montserrat and Isla Catalina. They are all part of the Loreto National Marine peninsula.

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One morning while taking a paddle board out in the bay, I brought out a snorkel and mask. After paddling for about twenty minutes, I beached my board at a sandy cove and did the “Stingray shuffle” before swimming in the warm water to view a diversity of marine life. The Sea of Cortez is known for 800 species of fish. While swimming along underwater rock formations, I spotted an octopus, a puffer fish and schools of yellow and blue stripped fish.

Before getting out of the water, I spotted a few rays camouflaged in the sand. As I swam near, they wiggled out of the sand and flapped their wings to get away. Their small rounded flat bodies varied in color from light to medium gray with blackish lines and blotchy dark spots. I noticed their snouts were rounded and their tails were smooth.
The waters around Baja Sur, are world famous for their concentration of marine species performing natural acrobatic feats by leaping from the water. It’s one of the many fascinating activities that guests enjoy at Villa del Palmar.

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When You Go:
Flights on Alaska Airlines from LAX are twice a week - Thursday and Saturday to Loreto - https://www.alaskaair.com
Villa del Palmar - https://www.villagroupresorts.com/resorts/islands-of-loreto/villa-del-palmar/

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Town of Loreto

©Jill Weinlein 

Jill travels the world in search for unique experiences. When not traveling she resides in Los Angeles and is a restaurant critic for a Los Angeles based newspaper and West Coast Editor and theatre critic for OnStage Blog.

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