The captains have been so wonderful in helping me get the photographs I am trying to get. I have been going back and forth between a couple different boats. When I am on the boat with a captain’s tower, I always ride with the captain. When I am on the boat with one level, I am able to go on the very front. This way I can always be sure to get the best pictures with unobstructed views.

The boats I am on just go out for a whale watch and return. Most of the other boats go whale watching and then on to Isla de la Plata for a hike and snorkeling. Today the captain on my boat was new and knew relatively little about navigating around the whales. Once I explained to him a little bit, he was so excited and enthusiastic about the whales that he radioed to his colleagues to explain what he had learned. It always makes me happy when people get excited about whales, especially when it is a boat captain who is able to look out for their best interest.

As always, the whales were beautiful. After about thirty minutes on the water, we were able to find a pod. They were in the place known as lower Cantagallo. The sea was quite rough and the weather was cold. But when we encountered these amazing animals, the rough seas and the cold weather seemed to disappear and all of my attention focused on the whales. I think this is because of my intense passion for the sea.

Another exciting thing happened, our long awaited volunteers arrived from the Central University of Ecuador (Universidad Central del Ecuador) in Quito. We have a partnership agreement with the university in Quito and they send us students to help us with the programs in all of the schools in the National Park. They mainly use learning games and theater. These types of activities and learning tools seem to help the children learn best. They teach in a fun and different way from the traditional methods of the small schools in the area. Hopefully, some of these methods will catch on and the teachers will be able to duplicate them in years to come. It is our vision that through the children we can create awareness about environmental issues at home and in the rest of the community.


lizandro chila (visitor) says:

hola Cristina te felicito con ntu trabajo en los mares me gust mucho... no se si te acuerdes de mi estube en el taller de busnas practicas en esmeraldas... que bueno que puedas conseguir esas fotos de un buen angulo...

quisiera saber si tu podrias colborar por medio de alguna organizacion para capasitar a guias turisticos en muisne, si tienes alguna informacion porfis me das a conocer.. gracias


Cristina Castro (visitor) says:

Hola mi querido Lizandro, por supuesto y con mucho gusto te puedo ayudar, te envió mi correo cristina@pacificwhale.org, un abrazo y saluda a todos en la provincia siempre verde..Esmeraldas..

Felipe de la Torre (visitor) says:

Hola Cristina, necesito que me contactes para tratar un tema acerca de grupos que quieren visitar Machalilla, y necesito que la PWF se involucre.


Felipe de la Torre

Cristina Castro (visitor) says:

Hola Felipe,

por supuesto, mi correo es el cristina@pacificwhale.org, o enviame el tuyo, abrazos,

nirva singh (visitor) says:

Hello Cristina, My name is Nirva Singh. I worked with Pacific Whale Foundation out of Machalilla two summers ago. I'm working on my final thesis about whale conservation and I just have a few questions. Constanza Carrasco Zuffi (my project leader at the time) said you are the one to talk to. Can you please send me your email address? I'm nirvasingh@gmail.com

thanks you

Anonymousss (visitor) says:

Great article!