Nico

(Zoologist/Guide)

Nico, our main guide, has worked with whales in Alaska, Australia, the Azores (Portugal), Canada, Ecuador, Peru, the Philippines, Mozambique, and 13 seasons in Mexico! She has a MSc in Marine Science and Management and a BSc in Zoology, and is a PhD student at Murdoch University (Perth, Australia) whilst still being involved in several other research projects worldwide. Her primary research focuses on investigating the risk of vessel collisions with humpback whales in Nayarit, Mexico and in trying to reduce the risk of this anthropogenic threat. For the next two seasons all proceeds from La Orca will go towards her fieldwork in Nayarit.

 

Additionally, Nico has been working with whales in Mexico for 15 years, she appeared on BBC Blue Planet open the link, she has a international skipper's license, is certified in marine first aid (RYA 2015), is a qualified MMO and PAM for offshore industries, and speaks English, Spanish, and is trying to learn Portuguese!

 

Her passion for whales, sense of humor and knowledge has led her to be nominated for several tour guides awards, and although now focusing more on her research, is still our main guide and not ready to hang up the tour guide bandana yet! Happy to be out on the water everyday of the season, she has encountered many of the world's rarest cetaceans, and is lucky enough to have had many incredible whale encounters including an afternoon with the famous albino humpback whale "Migaloo".

Felix

Angel

Angel and Felix (Captains)

 

We are very lucky to have as our main captains Angel and Felix, two brothers who are some of Sayulita's best and most renowned fisherman. Born and bred in Sayulita, they have spent their lives out on the ocean off the coast of the town, and know everything there is to know about the ocean and marine-life in the area; they are also pretty funny too!

 

Both experienced whale watching captains, with a special talent for spotting whales far away on the horizon that no one else can see, a great amount of the success of our tours is due to their knowledge, skill, personalities and enthusiasm.

Esteban

Biologist/Whale Researcher/Acoustics Expert

(Research Assistant/Tour Guide)

Esteban is an enthusiastic and charismatic Colombian biologist who has been working with whales in the scientific and tourist areas for 3 years. His first steps as a guide and researcher were made in Peru where he met Nico and then he started his own tourism and research platform in the isolated coasts of the Colombian Pacific, where he has worked in recent years. His biggest interests are the songs of the humpback whales and their cultural evolution. Esteban currently leads and accompanies several projects of international alliances to study the cultural evolution of humpback whale songs, with the hope of discovering how whales learn their songs and what are the links of migration between the population of the Southeast Pacific and its populations surrounding.

Alice

Animal Biologist/Teacher/Yogi

(Operations Manager/Tour Guide/Research Assistant)

Originally from North Wales, Alice is joining the team as our operations manager and will also be guiding some tours. A biologist with a Bachelors of Science in Biology with honours, a Post Graduate Certificate in Education, she is a fully qualified science teacher and a yoga teacher, and will be helping with the everyday running of the business as well as the research conducted on the whale watch trips

Emmanuel / Aaron

Our superstar "first mates"/"whale spotters"/"second skippers". Cousins, and the sons of our captains, these two, having grown up in Sayulita, have the ocean in their blood. Their constant up beat attitude, work ethic and knowledge of the ocean make them a truly great and extremely valued addition to La Orca team (PS this photo was taken many years ago, but we love it!!!).

Marcel

Marcel is our friendly Brazilian photographer and whale researcher. After climbing 5600m in the Andes snowy mountains, Marcel first went to the high seas in 2013 where he fell in love with marine mammals after seeing his first humpback whale in Abrolhos, on the Brazilian coast. Since then he has spent five years dedicated to the study of cetaceans in Latin America. He has been in Ecuador for four years in a row collaborating on humpback whale research, one season in Chile in search of fin whales, a season in Peru. This will be his fifth season in Mexico, split between the great blue whales and the gentle grey whales in Baja California and the humpbacks whales and orcas of Sayulita. Marcel is currently focused on raising funds for small but relevant cetacean research and conservation projects off the Brazilian coast.

Juanfra

Juanfra is our 2019/2020 intern, although from the dessert area of Mexico he fell in love with the ocean at a young age and after a season working as a tour guide in the Mexican Carribean he is now here in Nayarit studing for his undergraduate in Marine Biology.

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Nico

(Zoologist/Guide)

Nico,  has worked with whales in Alaska, Australia, the Azores (Portugal), Canada, Ecuador, Peru, the Philippines, Mozambique, and 10 seasons in Mexico!She has a MSc in Marine Science and Management and a BSc in Zoology, and is now in the planning stages of a PhD, whilst still being involved in several other research projects worldwide. Her primary research focuses on investigating vessel collisions and entanglements in Mexican humpback whales, and trying to reduce the risk of these anthropogenic threats.

 

Additionally, she has a international skipper's license, is certified in marine first aid (RYA 2015), is a qualified MMO and PAM for offshore industries, and speaks English, Spanish, and is trying to learn Portuguese!

 

Her passion for whales, sense of humor and knowledge has led her to be nominated for several tour guides awards, and although now focusing more on her research, is still our main guide and not ready to hang up the tour guide bandana yet! Happy to be out on the water everyday of the season, she has encountered many of the world's rarest cetaceans, and is lucky enough to have had many incredible whale encounters including an afternoon with the famous albino humpback whale "Migaloo".

Angel

Felix

Angel and Felix (Captains)

 

We are very lucky to have as our main captains Angel and Felix, two brothers who are some of Sayulita's best and most renowned fisherman. Born and bred in Sayulita, they have spent their lives out on the ocean off the coast of the town, and know everything there is to know about the ocean and marine-life in the area; they are also pretty funny too!

 

Both experienced whale watching captains, with a special talent for spotting whales far away on the horizon that no one else can see, a great amount of the success of our tours is due to their knowledge, skill, personalities and enthusiasm.