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Our team consists of local marine biologists that practice responsible ecotourism adhering to Marine Protected Areas and marine wildlife protections. Through our trips and research, we are able to contribute to the ongoing conservation of local whales and dolphins in Baja. We also work with certified panga boat drivers that follow strict ocean regulations and guidelines in order to ensure minimal environmental impact.


Fernanda is the founder of PROCETUS. She has been monitoring the cetacean (whale and dolphin) populations of Bahía de los Ángeles for the past 7 years. With PROCETUS expeditions, Fernanda has found a way to combine her passion for marine mammal science with her motivation to offer everyone a life changing experience!


Despite being born and raised in mainland Mexico, Fernanda developed a strong interest in marine mammals since her early years. She now has more than 10 years of experience working with multiple species of whales in Baja and she is beyond excited to share her experiences by taking you to the hidden gems of the Baja peninsula and the Sea of Cortes. She can often be found at the bow of the panga leading the way to wildlife!


Fernanda holds an undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering and a master’s degree in Marine Ecology. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. degree in Marine Biology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego, one the most important institutions worldwide dedicated to marine sciences and conservation worldwide. ⁠


Fernanda Urrutia hugging a gray whale


“My favorite thing about taking people to Baja is seeing their faces when they get to swim next to the largest fish on earth or when they get to touch a whale! I take mental pictures of those moments and they are what inspires me! I also really enjoy showing our guests the pristine and highly biodiverse parts of Mexico. It’s great to share a little bit of my culture with everyone.”

- Fernanda


PROCETUS research and expeditions would also not be possible without the support our volunteers, students, and research assistants. We are grateful to them for their time, guidance, and encouragement.

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